Like many of its kind, the Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth is colored like the least appetizing thing a predator can find on a plant.
The Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth is part white and part other colors. A mix of muted green, brown, gray, and yellow cover much of the middle and lower half of the wings. A round, gray spot outlined in white sits on the lower side of each forewing and is a useful identification feature. It is commonly found on the edge of woodlands and in old, overgrown fields.
This is a nocturnal species, but it can be forced out of its daytime hiding spot. Because the caterpillar eats ragweed, adults are often found on it. This plant can grow up to 45 cm (18 inches) tall, so brushing past it incites moths to fly away. Adults are also attracted to light at night. Slender green caterpillars have thin white stripes which form on the head and extend to the rear end. The feeding activity of this caterpillar is welcome to those with ragweed allergies.
Scientific Name: Ponometia candefacta
Other Name(s): Olive-shaded Bird Lime Moth
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 12mm (0.43in to 0.47in)
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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.