A curved row of pearly white dots give the Small Necklace Moth character and distinction.
Like a short string of pearls, the white dots on the forewings of the Small Necklace Moth are best viewed from above. When the wings rest flat and cinch together over the moth's body, the inspiration for its common name becomes clear. Smaller white dots increase in diameter closer to the wing's inner edge. In addition to this feature, the peculiar colors of some individual Small Necklace Moths offer even more to admire. Hues of green, purple, and blue seem to blend across the forewing, giving the otherwise brown moth a bit more visual interest. It is not a large moth, but it garners attention when sighted.
Caterpillars for this moth feed on the leaves of persimmon and sassafras trees. They are green, and have large black spots between a series of segments with pairs of tiny black dots. Adults are on the wing from mid-spring through summer. Look for them at the edges of woodlands and fields.
Scientific Name: Hypsoropha hormos
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 18mm (0.55in to 0.70in)
Colors: brown, white, purple, green, blue, black
Descriptors: white dots, increasing size, four spots, eight, bruise, 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.