Lunate Zale Moth (Zale lunata)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Lunate Zale Moth.
Updated: 8/28/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Lunate Zale Moth is well camouflaged on brown tree trunks. It blends in flawlessly and has likely helped it expand its range .
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet family. Their brown bodies are furry and they have 'pelts' of fur on their 'shoulders'. Although they are varying degrees of brown and seemingly drab, if studied closely, wavy striations, or bands, of color stretch across the wings of this species, almost like the rings that tell us the age a tree. It prefers to sit with its wings open and flat, making it easier to view this pattern.
They feed on apple, cherry and plum trees as well oak, maple and willow. Because these are their larval food plants, adults can be found in forests, orchards and woodlands where these trees grow. They may also be found near creeks, streams and in canyons where moisture is available. Adults are most active in spring.