The Thin-winged Owlet's wings benefit from the slimming effects of a black edge.
A small moth, the Thin-winged Owlet is white with a thick black band that crosses the middle of it. A round gray spot looks like a button where the thorax ends and the abdomen begins. Black borders the outer edges of both wings, and a mix of brown and gray color in the wings at the bottom. The caterpillar's host plant is not known, and aside from producing up to two broods in warmer regions, little else is known about this moth.
Scientific Name: Nigetia formosalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 12mm (0.47in to 0.47in)
Colors: black; white; gray; brown
Descriptors: black line; slant; scallop; gray button; flying; middle bar
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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.