Faint brown lines cross the wings of these shimmering moths that only make appearances in the hottest parts of the summer.
The genus Hahncappsia represents a group of shiny blonde moths. The different species have variations in wavy the thin, brown lines that cross their wings are, but they all have them. A long, silky fringe runs along the bottom edge of the wings. An semi-glossy sheen overlays the entire moth, giving it some sparkle in sunshine. The face appears to have a short snout or nose, and large, bulging eyes side on either side of the head.
This is a summer moth, and it is most active in the warmest months of the year in its region. The caterpillar of one species in this genus is fleshy and yellow, covered in big, black dots. Plants that have been used as food sources for larvae in this genus include mint, ragweed, and dock, as well as goldenrod, morning glory, and tobacco.
Scientific Name: Hahncappsia spp.
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 24mm (0.70in to 0.94in)
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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.