The chocolate brown Eyed Dysodia moth showcases a bright white delta on each wavy forewing.
Shaped like a Star Trek communication badge, the triangular white mark on the top of the Eyed Dysodia's wings creates a focal point on the otherwise dark moth. This type of moth is a Window-winged Moth, and the white mark is the window. Wings are overall brown, but spots of yellow-orange can be seen all over them. A chunky brown body looks inflated compared to the slender abdomen typically imagined for moths. A dark, hairy thorax is as robust as its body, and large tufts of hairs sit on the legs. The Eyed Dysodia spreads its wings while sitting on leafy perches, creating photos that appear to have curled wings that flare out like a fan. The bottom edges of the wings are scalloped.
Larvae for this moth are leaf-curlers. The chubby red-orange caterpillar covered in black dots has a black head and sparse, short hairs on its body. The caterpillar cuts across a leaf as it rolls itself up. This provides a shelter for the growing larva. They feed on the leaves of beans, white snakeroot, and whiteflower leafcup.
Scientific Name: Dysodia oculatana
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 21mm (0.70in to 0.82in)
Colors: brown; white; orange; yellow
Descriptors: white crescent mark; white spot; bronze; curled wings; scalloped edge; folded wings; fan; flying
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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.