Plume Moths look like they are covered with bird feathers instead of hairs. They tend to rest with their slender wings sticking out from the sides of the body at a right angle, perpendicular to the body. This gives them a T-shape when seen from overhead. The Grape Plume Moth is an orange-brown color and has white lines and white spots embellishing it. The abdomen is exposed in its resting position as are the back pairs of legs. Legs have flared out tufts of hairs at the joints and have a spiky appearance.
The green caterpillar is covered in thin white hairs and eats grapevine leaves. They also eat Virginia creeper, a native vine. The newly hatched larva rolls a leaf and hides inside it while chewing the upper layer. As it matures, it may move onto other parts of the vine, like the stem. This species is not a commercial threat to vineyards and rarely reaches serious pest status, but it is a common sight among grapevines.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: 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 as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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.