Earthy greens and browns cover most of the Large Mossy Lithacodia Moth, helping it blend into swampy surroundings.
The Large Mossy Lithacodia is part of a small group of moths called Glyphs. They are nocturnal moths that are covered in obscure colors that resemble medleys naturally seen in lichens. The center of the wings have a dark green, drooping shape that looks like a frown thanks to the two white reniform 'eyes' above it. The upper and side edges of the wings are mottled, and the brighter, lower part of the forewings have curvy white bands.
Caterpillars feed on saw grass and swamp grasses. They are slender and light brown with a dark stripe running down the 'back', and thinner, alternating light/dark stripes on both sides of it.
Scientific Name: Protodeltote muscosula
Other Name(s): Large Mossy Glyph
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
Colors: gray; brown; white; black; green
Descriptors: olive; army green; flying; swamp; grass
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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.