Deep mauve and yellow color the wings of the Obtuse Yellow Moth.
The sunny Obtuse Yellow has patches of purple-brown scattered in the midsection of its wings. These patches form a series of obtuse, or wide, angled lines. Larger patches sit on the inner and outer edges of the wings, and rows of smaller ones follow the same curve. This small moth flies during the summer months in its range, but what its caterpillars feed on is not known.
Scientific Name: Azenia obtusa
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 14mm (0.47in to 0.55in)
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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.