The Moonseed Moth seems ethereal and otherworldly thanks to its waves of color and golden tones, but the origin of its name stems from the moonseed vine that it uses as a host. Also called Canadian moonseed or yellow parilla, this plant has large leaves that resemble wild grape leaves. It has a history of medicinal uses and is still studied today, but consumption of toxic seeds can be lethal. Caterpillars of the Moonseed Moth feed on the leaves.
The Moonseed Moth is all shades of brown with curving lines of lilac and gray on the wings. Large pale spots by the head and inner edges of the wings brighten the moth, and gold highlights gleam in daylight. A tuft of hair sticks between the wings. Two broods are produced each year, and adults are active from late spring through early autumn.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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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.