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    Edwards Glassy Wing Moth - (Hemihyalea edwardsii)

    The understated beauty in the Edward's Glassy-Wing Moth comes from its wings, which are both iridescent and transparent.

    Staff Writer (1/13/2014): 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.

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    Edwards Glassy Wing Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
    Scientific Name: Hemihyalea edwardsii
    Other Names: Glassy Wing Moth

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Arctiidae
           Genus: Hemihyalea
            Species: edwardsii

    Identifying Colors: brown; red; pink; yellow; black

    Additional Descriptors: shiny, shimmering, flying, helpful

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon

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