Some are dusky, some have dots and bands, but all Orange Virbia Moths are some shade of orange and have large, curious eyes.
The color and pattern variety between individuals may make identifying this species somewhat challenging. Adults are a shade of orange overall. Some may have browner or more pink hues on their wings. Some have plain forewings, while others have a dark spot and band on them. Hindwings may also be plain, but many have a black central dot and black band near the bottom edge.
Caterpillars are known to feed on low-growing plants like plantain, dandelion, and pigweed. They have also been found on corn crops. Their dark brown bodies have a line of black bumps on each segment, each bump exuding a cluster of long, black spines.
Scientific Name: Virbia aurantiaca
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 23mm (0.74in to 0.90in)
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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.