Leconte's Haploa Moth is a master in trigonometry using both its body shape and wing pattern to showcase triangles in many ways.
Leconte's Haploa Videos
A Haploa Moth caterpillar trekking across a chair cushion
The typical resting position of Leconte's Haploa makes it look like a isosceles triangle. It holds its black and white wings flat and they touch each other all down the length of the body. This creates a thick black midline that splits halfway down the length of the moth, angling toward the wing tips. The overall effect looks like an upside-down 'Y' on the back of the moth. Each forewing is bordered in black with exception to the wing tips. This clear and unique mark, however, is not the only variation that this moth has. Some individuals have black angled lines reaching in from the outer edge. Others are mostly black with white spots on them. Still others lack much black coloring at all and appear almost completely white. These wild variations within this species makes it very difficult to accurately identify one, especially if it resembles the Confused Haploa or the Reversed Haploa. All Leconte's Haploa Moths have an orange head with black eyes. Legs are dark on one side and light on the other, like arms that get an uneven tan in the summer.
Females lay spherical yellow eggs on the leaves of host plants. Caterpillars are black with a thin yellow line down the back and thick yellow lines on each side. The entire body is covered in short spiky hairs. The face and head are black. This species feeds on an assortment of tree and shrub leaves including apple, peach, and blackberry. Look for activity from both adult and caterpillar from late spring through the summer.
Scientific Name: Haploa lecontei
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 26mm (0.74in to 1.01in)
Colors: white, black, orange
Descriptors: peace sign, triangle, Y shape, orange head, 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.