The white Hebrew Moth is covered with black markings which somewhat resemble characters in Hebrew script.
The forewings of the Hebrew Moth are covered in a pattern of black lines that form various shapes with a black dot in the center of each wing. When spread open and revealed, the hindwings are a taupe color and lack any markings of any kind; instead they have a downy or feathery appearance with an ivory fringe. The upper part of the white abdomen is punctuated with a black dot and two angled black lines forming the shape of what looks like a pendant necklace.
Caterpillars are a lavender color with raised yellowish bumps sprouting thin hairs at each segment. Darker violet spots are speckled on and between each segment. They eat the leaves on blackgum trees, a native tree that is favored by wildlife.
Scientific Name: Polygrammate hebraeicum
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 29mm (0.90in to 1.13in)
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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.