Yellow antennae sport comb-like teeth on the otherwise black, white, and gray Saddled Yellowhorn Moth.
Antennae are sometimes referred to as horns in insects. The Saddled Yellowhorn has wide yellow antennae that are hard to miss if they are out for display. The saddle on this moth is the dark patch of black color on the middle of its forewings. The surrounding area is a mix of light gray and white, so it is more prominent than its close relative, the Closebanded Yellowhorn. This is a nocturnal moth that comes to lights at night, sometimes in groups.
The caterpillar feeds on different type of deciduous trees like beech, elm, maple, oak, and ironwood. It has a shiny black head and a yellow body covered in spiky yellow hairs. A black tuft of hairs sits just behind the head and a second tuft sits closer to its rear end. Two broods can be produced each year.
Adults are early-season moths and are typically found flying in spring and early summer. Look for them in big gardens and forested areas where host plants are plentiful for the next generation.
Scientific Name: Colocasia flavicornis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 22mm (0.70in to 0.86in)
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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.