What the Yellow-vested Moth lacks in size, it makes up for with bright, contrasting color.
This moth really does look like it is donning a yellow vest over its black wings. It even appears to have large armholes. The high-visibility of its colors makes it easier for people to notice. What may require a closer look are the faint blue patches where the yellow vest ends. These are hard to see on the black wings. It is a part of the Twirler Moth family, and usually rests with its wings flat and close to its body. The caterpillar hides between the leaves of host trees, post oak and water oak, by using its silk to bind two together.
Scientific Name: Rectiostoma xanthobasis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 14mm (0.47in to 0.55in)
Colors: yellow; black; blue
Descriptors: small; tiny; yellow shoulders; black bottom wings; 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.