The various tan spots, lines, and streaks on the Distinct Quaker's wings almost completely upstage its smaller, warm coppery-brown tones.
The brown Distinct Quaker has distinguishing light brown, or tan, spots and marks on its wings. Each forewing has two large spots on near the outer edge; the lower one is shaped like a bean and may have a coppery hue overlaying it. The golden brown body is speckled with dark dots and has an array of hairs at the tip if its wings are spread open enough to reveal it. This moth is the only one of its kind in its genus here in North America.
Green caterpillars eat from a variety of plants. Ash, birch, crabapple, maple, and oak leaves are abundant food sources. Grape leaves also make a good host plant. The body of the caterpillar is ringed in yellow and has thin, white lines that extend down the sides.
Adults are active in early spring and summer. They are nocturnal, but are attracted to lights at night. Look for them in gardens and around deciduous forests where plenty of trees provide options for egg-laying.
Scientific Name: Achatia distincta
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 20mm (0.70in to 0.78in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.