The shimmering, iridescent wings of the Edward's Glassy Wing Moth lend it an understated beauty.
The brown wings on this moth have a sparkling sheen on them best seen in the light. This gives the wings a glassy appearance. Its pinkish red abdomen is visible when the wings are spread open. A large tuft of brown hair covers the thorax. While other members of the Tiger Moth family have bold colors, this species is more muted. They have excellent hearing.
Edward's Glassy Wings are most active in autumn and they are nocturnal. Adults are not believed to eat anything. Caterpillars feed on the leaves of oak trees. These furry larvae are dark brown with large heads. They are covered in black spiky hairs all along their bodies. Really long tan and black hairs extend from the head and the rear. Like the adults, these caterpillars are nocturnal, coming out to feed at night and hiding under leaves during the day.
Scientific Name: Pseudohemihyalea edwardsii
Other Name(s): Glassy Wing Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 29mm (0.98in to 1.13in)
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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.