Sightings of the lightly peppered Promiscuous Angle Moth are not all that common despite a large geographic range.
Found in the eastern part of the continent, the white Promiscuous Angle Moth has a large, black spot stamped on each forewing that looks like a paw print thanks to veins splitting it up. Three curved brown lines create a tree ring effect on the forewings, each beginning and ending with thick, reddish-brown bars at the outer edge of the wings. An orange head connects to the white thorax, which has a pair of small black dots on it. Larger pairs of black dots run down the back (dorsal) side of the abdomen and these may be visible when wings are opened flat. It closely resembles its relative, the Common Angle Moth, but has bolder markings. Look for adults and their larvae on Redbud trees, a popular host plant for this species.
Scientific Name: Macaria promiscuata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 24mm to 30mm (0.94in to 1.17in)
Colors: white, ivory, black, brown
Descriptors: bear paw, black patch, brown bars, speckled, flying
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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.