While the pattern design remains the same, the color scheme varies per individual of the aptly named Mottled Gray Carpet Moth.
Not to be confused with the destructive Clothes Moth Trichophaga tapetzella, the Mottled Gray Carpet Moth does not attack fabric or carpet fibers. Its coloring can vary between shades of gray or brown and may include flecks of green or yellow. A dark wavy line spans the distance across both forewings. A short, slanted dash nestles just above each trough on the outer wing edges. Hindwings are hairy and gray with a white fringe. Almost any of the individuals blend in with tree trunks thanks to such a busy wing pattern. Not much about life history is known regarding this species. Caterpillars are known to feed on the foliage of sheep laurel, a flowering shrub, and various conifers, but beyond this information, more study is needed.
Scientific Name: Cladara limitaria
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 21mm to 28mm (0.82in to 1.09in)
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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.