The Pale Lichen Moth lacks markings and patterns, demonstrating that simplicity offers another type of beauty.
While most moths have spots, streaks, or dashes to help place them in families, the Pale Lichen Moth is an anomaly. It is a type of Lichen moth, where many species are boldly colored and patterned, typically in black and red. This species, however, deviates from the norm and is completely tan in color. No specks or dots mar the light wings. Even the hairy thorax is the same color. Despite a lack of ornamentation, the clean, shiny wings are attractive in their own right. Pale veins are visible, but they do not interrupt the modest look.
The caterpillar for this moth feeds on lichens, the flaky, crusty growth that forms on tree trunks and unmoved stones. This larva prefers to eat from trees. Two broods can be produced each year. Adults are active from late spring to early autumn, and they are likely to be found in or near woodlands where lichens grow on tree bark in abundance.
Scientific Name: Crambidia pallida
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 11mm (0.39in to 0.43in)
Colors: tan; brown
Descriptors: plain; no markings; smooth; shiny; pale veins; unmarked; small; flying; simple
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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.