A hardy moth, Hitched Arches can be found in natural areas, but it also thrives in desolate places.
A dark moth, Hitched Arches is accented with many white markings. A large, bean-shaped spot filled with black sits on the lower center of each forewing. Above that lays a round spot that may have a grayish center. White spots are also near the head by the 'shoulders'. The white arches that cross the wings are broken or fragmented. A black-and-white pattern sits at the bottom edge of the wings. Legs are black with narrow white bands.
Caterpillars are bright green or brown with darker diagonal marks on the 'back' and sides. The head color is the same as the body color and has three fine white lines, the center of which continues down the middle of the back. A somewhat squared-off hump is at the rear end. This larva feeds on alder, elm and willow trees as well as shorter plants like clover, alfalfa, plantain, and trefoil. Two broods can be produced each year.
This moth is common in areas like the edge of woods and old fields. They are attracted to lights and rest with their inner wings slightly raised above the body, in a tent-like shape.
Scientific Name: Melanchra adjuncta
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 21mm (0.74in to 0.82in)
Colors: black; white; gray
Descriptors: white bean spot; checkered fringe; black and white bottom
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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.