The yellow-orange Lesser Grapevine Looper has fine, brown lines that split the forewings into bands. The largest band is darker than the others, having a subtle violet hue, and it has a tiny dark dot close to the outer edge. The two orange hindwings have dark brown smudges at their inner tips, and the slender abdomen curls upward between them. Some individual Greater Grapevine Loopers can look almost identical to this species, but it is a larger size, so measuring the wingspan and length of the moth is necessary to tell them apart in the field and in photographs.
The caterpillar feeds on the leaves of Virginia creeper, a native vine, and also grapevines. The pencil-thin body is green, green and pink, or even yellow depending on its maturity. Thin yellow rings circle the body segments at most stages. When threatened, it stiffens its body and clings to a branch or stem with its rear end, making itself look like a new twig. Two broods can be produced each year.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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.