Though its wings have a mix of other colors on them, it is green that stands out best. This is advantageous coloration in its habitat. Bogs and woodlands are laden with greenery in the form of leaves, but also in lichens, ferns, and moss. Sitting on or near any of these affords the moth camouflage from avian and insect predators. This species can be found in every part of North America, but it is most active in summer.
Caterpillars are green, yellow, or a mix of both colors. A black criss-cross pattern develops on the top of the body, like dark netting, as it matures. This larva feeds on the leaves of trees like apple and cranberry. It also eats currant, honeysuckle, and knotweed leaves.
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.