Like a modern minimalist, the White Slant-line Moth is clean and bright with well-defined edges allowing just a hint of color to make a real impact.
The White Slant-line is a bright white moth with pointed wing tips. The head, antennae, thorax, and legs are all white. A solid orange line crosses each forewing at a slight angle. The smaller hindwings are completely white. A long white fringe runs along the bottom and inner edges of the wings.
White Slant-line Moths have a large range that covers most of North America. Their caterpillars are twig mimics, like other members of the Geometer family. Their brown, narrow bodies hold on to a branch at one end and stretch away from the branch to hide among the twigs and leaves. This species is well-adapted to various habitats and its larvae feed from a variety of common trees like pine, arbor vitae, maple, cherry, alder, poplar, birch, oak, and elm.
Scientific Name: Tetracis cachexiata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 34mm to 50mm (1.33in to 1.95in)
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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.