The Rustic Quaker has simple, obvious markings and uniform color, like many of its relatives.
A very brown moth, the Rustic Quaker has thin yellow lines that cross the forewings in three places. Each wing has two yellow, globular rings or circles in the midsection that may or may not connect to each other. A darker brown band may be visible along the bottom part of the wing, beneath the four reniform spots. The Rustic Quaker caterpillar eats the leaves of various grasses, dandelion, plantain, and willow trees. The range of this moth is expansive, and it is active much of the year in southern states.
Scientific Name: Orthodes majuscula
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 19mm (0.55in to 0.74in)
Descriptors: tan rings; four circles; globs; brown; 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.