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Goldenrod Stowaway (Cirrhophanus triangulifer)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Goldenrod Stowaway, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 9/5/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Goldenrod Stowaway  
Picture of Goldenrod-Stowaway-Moth

Goldenrod Stowaways use their sunny coloring to remain well-hidden as they rest on the various yellow parts of assorted flowers.

Goldenrod Stowaways are a buttery yellow moth with orange lines that follow the veins on the wings. They are very good at blending in with the blooms of goldenrods, daisies, tickseed and others with similar yellow coloring. They rest in the daytime, so hiding from predators like birds and other insects is critical. Their larvae feed on Spanish needle, a low-growing plant with white petals and yellow centers on their flowers. Look hard for adults on any yellow flower during late summer and early autumn when they are most likely to be seen.

Goldenrod Stowaway Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Goldenrod Stowaway
Scientific Name: Cirrhophanus triangulifer
Other Name(s): Tickseed Moth

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Lepidoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Noctuidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Cirrhophanus
       Arrow graphic Species: triangulifer

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 30 mm to 44 mm (1.17 inches to 1.716 inches)
Identifying Colors: yellow, orange
Additional Descriptors: flower, flying

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

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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