Small and pretty, the Mulberry Leaftier is a type of Snout Moth with large white blobs and bits on its golden brown wings. The forewings are usually held flat and open, revealing the mostly white hindwing and its thick border. Fragments of brown lines may also be visible on the white portion. The body is just as patterned with white spots on the brown body.
The caterpillar of this moth feeds on the leaves of the mulberry tree, which bears long, sweet, black mulberries that are enjoyed by humans and birds. Leaftier caterpillars literally tie leaves together using their silk to form retreats and protective cover for themselves. A peek inside one of these leaf clusters on a mulberry tree may reveal a caterpillar spinning its cocoon.
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.