The multi-national White-ribboned Carpet Moth crosses the North American continent along both sides of the 49th parallel.
The White-ribboned Carpet Moth has three distinct color bands crossing its wings. The head and upper forewings are dark brown-black. A scalloped edge meets the second major band of color in the middle of the moth. This wide, center band is white with a single black dot near the edge of each wing. The lower band of color is a mottled gray and white. A large brown-black patch on each wing stamps the outer edges and covers part of the white band above it. This species is similar in appearance to the Western White-ribboned Carpet Moth, which shares a similar range. The Western White-ribboned Carpet has a much narrower white ribbon crossing it and darker brown coloring on the bottom edges of its wings.
Caterpillars of the White-ribboned Carpet Moth feed on the leaves of blackberry and raspberry bushes as well as birch trees. Two broods can be produced each year; one in mid-spring and one in late summer. Look for flying adults during the summer months in the southern parts of the provinces and the northern states.
Scientific Name: Mesoleuca ruficillata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 28mm (0.90in to 1.09in)
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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.