Three-lined Flower Moths is a soft green color, but it may also be olive or light brown. Three white lines cross the wings, forming tiers or bands with gradients. This moth looks similar to the Tobacco Budworm Moth and the Boneset Flower Moth. The Tobacco Budworm’s first white line forms a gentle curve across the wings whereas the Three-lined Flower moth’s line is sharply angled, forming an inverted ‘V’ across the wings. The Boneset Flower moth is found mostly west of the Mississippi.
The Three-lined Flower Moth visits flowers for nectar and uses Joe-Pye weed and boneset as host plants. It is found in prairies and near woodlands near its host plants. This moth flies during the day, but it may be slightly camouflaged if resting on the green parts of plants.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Territorial Map U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Prince Edward Is.
Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used for sensing.
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.