Unassuming in color and shape, the Wedgeling is a small wedge-shaped moth found in most of North America.
The Wedgeling is a type of Midget moth. It is quite small and comes in different shades of brown ranging from light to dark. They are marked by a dark smudge on the middle part of each forewing near the outer edge. Their caterpillars are a tawny, or dark brown depending on maturity and size, with thin white lines that help give it the appearance of an unusually large head. These larvae feed on Shamrock plants in the Oxalidaceae family.
Their range includes Mexico, the U.S. and most Canadian provinces. They are nocturnal and many of them may flock to the same light at night. Look for them in woodland areas.
Scientific Name: Galgula partita
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 13mm (0.39in to 0.51in)
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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.