Waterlily Leafcutter Moths are aquatic in nature, a less common habitat for a larva with an atypical host plant.
Waterlilies are plants that grow and thrive on the shores on ponds and lakes. The larvae of the Waterlily Leafcutter Moth feed on the leaves of these wet, slippery plants as well as pondweed, water hyacinth, water lettuce, and bright green duckweed that floats on the surface. This host plant's habitat means that adult moths are seen above or near areas where waterlilies grow. Males are much darker than females. Almost black, the white spots on the sides of the male's forewings are less obvious on the tan-colored female.
Scientific Name: Elophila obliteralis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 22mm (0.39in to 0.86in)
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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.