Goldenrod Stowaways use their sunny coloring to remain well-hidden as they rest on the various yellow parts of flowers.
Goldenrod Stowaways are a buttery yellow moth with orange lines that follow along the wing's veins. They are very good at blending in with the blooms of goldenrods, daisies, tickseed, and others flowers 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. You will have to look hard for adults on any yellow flower during late summer and early autumn, when they are most likely to be seen.
Scientific Name: Cirrhophanus triangulifer
Other Name(s): Tickseed Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 30mm to 44mm (1.17in to 1.72in)
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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.