A small, white spot shines among the dizzying pattern on the wings of the Labyrinth Moth, giving the eye a place to land when admiring it.
A confusion of brown, black, and tan flecks of color cover the forewings of the Labyrinth Moth. A single white dot sits alone on the lower part of each forewing. Its clean brightness keeps it from getting lost despite its small size. Like most leafrollers in this family, the Labyrinth Moth holds its wings tightly against its body resulting in a slight pleat or tuck by the tip of the abdomen. Its furry head is held high and large eyes sit on either side of it.
Larvae are segmented and plumper at the middle part of the body than at the head or rear end. They may be green, or perhaps a gradient of colors that ranges to pink as it prepares to pupate. This species of caterpillar feeds on sassafrass leaves as well at witchhazel and hawthorn. It is likely to be tucked inside a leaf that has curled with help from its strong silk.
Scientific Name: Phaecasiophora niveiguttana
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 8mm (0.23in to 0.31in)
Colors: brown; white
Descriptors: small white spot; tight; leafroller; fuzzy face; flying
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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.