A golden rope on the front edge of the Gracile Palpita Moth's forewings leads the way for golden brown flecks and smudges everywhere else.
A Gracile Palpita Moth looks like a dirty Diaphania costata with golden orange antennae. It is white with sheer wings that are almost transparent when stretched out flat. It has a golden bumper at the front of the forewings. White legs have patches of gold and brown, as does the white abdomen. Dark specks and smudges spread across the forewings. A large black distal spot sits in the center of each white hindwing. A faint, dark border runs along the bottom of all four wings just above a thin, dark line of dashes above the fringe.
This is a type of Snout moth. Though it appears to have a long, hairy nose, the 'snout' is actually two short palps that are held closely together. These palps give sensory information about food. The range for the Gracile Palpita Moth is mostly southwestern states in the U.S. and northern states in Mexico. Drier, warmer climates seem to agree with this unique moth.
Scientific Name: Palpita atrisquamalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 13mm (0.39in to 0.51in)
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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.