A tubular body and a long furry snout make the Mottled Grass Veneer Moth peculiar when compared to more familiar moth physiology.
Mottled Grass-Veneer Moths are comfortable in low grass. This small, light moth has hairs extending from the face, giving it a pointed snout best appreciated by looking at its profile. It is covered in specks and speckles of brown and tan. A shimmering veneer covers its wings. It is often found resting with its wings rolled closed making the body appear slender and long. Their caterpillars likely feed on grass, but do not cause noticeable damage to lawns.
Scientific Name: Neodactria luteolellus
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39in to 0.59in)
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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.