The small Posturing Arta Moth is often seen posing as it rests with its wings flat and antennae swept back.
Two shades of brown can be detected on the wings of the Posturing Arta Moth. A golden brown middle band sits lower on the wings and has a slight upward arch by the inner wings. Thin, pale lines separate this band from the different brown hue covering the rest of the wings. This little moth has yellow-brown antennae and it often rests with them laying behind the head, over the wings.
Not much is known about this species. What it eats, if the adults even eat at all, is unknown. As part of the Pyralidae family, it is likely that it will come to lights at night, but all else regarding its life history is a bit of a mystery.
Scientific Name: Arta statalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 15mm (0.39in to 0.59in)
Descriptors: dark brown band; golden brown; flying; lower line; antennae back
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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.