Edwards Glassy Wing Moth (Hemihyalea edwardsii)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Edwards Glassy Wing Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 1/13/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The understated beauty in the Edward's Glassy-Wing Moth comes from its wings, which are both iridescent and transparent.
The wings on this moth shimmer in the light, giving them the appearance of glass. Its pinkish red abdomen is visible when wings are spread. While other members of the Tiger Moth family have bold colors, this species is more muted and brown. They are hairy, like their relatives, and have excellent hearing.
They are most active in autumn and are nocturnal. Adults are not believed to feed on anything. Caterpillars feed on the leaves of oak trees. They are called "woolybears" because they are brown with big brown heads and many black spikes on along their bodies. Like the adults, these caterpillars are nocturnal, coming out to feed at night and hiding under leaves during the day.