A Scalloped Sallow Moth will rise up from the woodland forest floor when hikers rustle up the leaf litter it rests on.
The brown Scalloped Sallow Moth has forewings that are angled at the bottom. They are also scalloped along the dark fringe. Two lines cross the forewings at angles, forming a mirrored left and right wing. The middle part of the wing has four dark orb-like spots that are almost purple. This middle area may be yellow or dark brown. A faint brown-purple scalloped band crosses the bottom part of both wings.
This species of moth is at home in deciduous forests. The caterpillar feeds on a variety of trees and plants found growing there like poplar, oak, maple, and boxelder. It is dark brown and covered in small white specks and red blotches.
Scientific Name: Eucirroedia pampina
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 21mm to 25mm (0.82in to 0.98in)
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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.