A spotless white moth, the White Spring Moth is an early season flyer in the eastern states and provinces.
March and April are usually too cold for many moths to already be on the wing, but the White Spring Moth gets moving around this time of year. It is completely white, though some individuals may have a grayish tint to them. No spots, speckles, or lines adorn this species, making it seem all the more ethereal. A long, white fringe rounds out the bottoms of the translucent wings. The head and body are also completely white.
Its caterpillar is a light green that offers it camouflage while it feeds on the leaves of apple, maple, cherry, beech, and hawthorn trees. They pupate overwinter and emerge as adults in early spring. Adults are active night and day and come to lights at night, offering everyone an opportunity to get a closer look.
Scientific Name: Lomographa vestaliata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 26mm (0.59in to 1.01in)
Descriptors: snow white, all white, fringe, hairs, flying
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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.