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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.