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  • Lunate Zale Moth - (Zale lunata)

    Lunate Zale Moth - (Zale lunata)

    The Lunate Zale Moth is well camouflaged on brown tree trunks. It blends in flawlessly and has likely helped it expand its range .

    Staff Writer (8/28/2014): 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.

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    Lunate Zale Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Lunate Zale Moth
    Scientific Name: Zale lunata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Noctuidae
           Genus: Zale
            Species: lunata

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 25mm (0.79in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: brown

    Additional Descriptors: striations, lines, wavy, layers, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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