The two-toned Stained Lophosis Moth is truly one of a kind, representing the Lophosis genus all by itself.
Found in the eastern U.S. and gulf states of Mexico, the Stained Lophosis Moth is a sight to behold. Though it belongs to a large family, it is the only species in its genus in North America. The male is almost completely covered in a deep purple, as if paint dripped down the yellow body while it rested. The female is more patterned with patches of purple crossing the wings, allowing more of the yellow coloring to be revealed. Her upper abdomen is purple while the lower part is yellow. Pattern differences between the sexes are so pronounced, they might be mistaken for different species. Like other larvae from Geometridae, its caterpillars are likely hidden among tree branches, mimicking twigs.
Scientific Name: Lophosis labeculata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 15mm (0.55in to 0.59in)
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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.