The unusual purple and orange wings coupled with a furry black 'shoulder wrap' make the fashionable Spanish Moth a true standout.
One of a handful of purple or pink moths in North America, the Spanish Moth is bright and conspicuous wherever it is. Despite its name, the moth is a native to the continent and can be see in eastern states, especially those in the South and Mexico. It is said that the wings resemble the colorful patterns and playful textures typically seen in fashion from Spain. These stylish wings and hairy 'shoulders' look like a cloak. Orange and black blotches cover the sides and bottoms of the purple wings. Legs are black.
The Spanish Moth is attracted to light at night and can be seen near its host plants: fig trees and smaller plants like daffodils, narcissus, jonquils, and spider lilies.
Scientific Name: Xanthopastis timais
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 21mm to 24mm (0.82in to 0.94in)
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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.