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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 ¬©

  Edwards Glassy Wing Moth  
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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.

Edwards Glassy Wing Moth Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Edwards Glassy Wing Moth
Scientific Name: Hemihyalea edwardsii
Other Name(s): Glassy Wing Moth

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length):
Identifying Colors: brown; red; pink; yellow; black
Additional Descriptors: shiny, shimmering, flying, helpful

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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