The furry and friendly Dot-lined White Moth can be found on some commonly grown plants in the American South.
White and furry caterpillars feed on the leaves of oak and cherry trees as well as rose bushes. These host plants are grown all over the region, so a healthy food supply is always available. Adult moths are also furry and bright white. Rows of small black dots curve across the wings. These lines of black dots almost resemble the holes in a colander or sieve. A black and white checkered border runs along the bottoms of the wings. Males have orange antennae that have comb-like teeth.
This hairy moth is nocturnal, but is attracted to lights at night. Look for them from spring through autumn in these warmer states.
Scientific Name: Artace cribrarius
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 31mm (0.55in to 1.21in)
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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.