An early season flyer, the pale Gray Spring Moth is most active in spring and early summer.
Pale Gray Spring Moths can be found in fruit orchards as well as woodlands with fruit trees nearby. Light gray wings are peppered with dark freckles. Some individuals may appear more cream-colored or white. A black distal dot sits in the median band on each wing. Two faint dark lines cross the wings to create that middle band. A light fringe adorns the bottoms of the wings. It is rarely seen after June, but gets an early start in the cooler springtime temperatures.
The slender caterpillar is green with a prominent white line down the back with faint black dots on both sides of it. Thin, yellow lines run along the lower sides of the body. Trees in the Prunus genus like cherry, plum, peach, apricot, and nectarine all offer leafy nutrition for the hungry larva.
Scientific Name: Lomographa glomeraria
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 22mm to 25mm (0.86in to 0.98in)
Colors: gray, black, white, ivory
Descriptors: spots, black dots, speckled, pepper, flying, silvery
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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.