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    Goldenrod Stowaway - (Cirrhophanus triangulifer)

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

    Picture of Goldenrod Stowaway
    Staff Writer (9/5/2017): 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.

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    Goldenrod Stowaway

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Goldenrod Stowaway
    Scientific Name: Cirrhophanus triangulifer
    Other Names: Tickseed Moth

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 30mm to 44mm (1.18in to 1.73in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, orange

    Additional Descriptors: flower, flying

    North American 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

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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