The North and Central American Zebra Conchylodes is a moth that looks more at home in the grassland and savannas of Africa.
Crisp black stripes on a white wing with a subtle violet sheen cover the Zebra Conchylodes. The pattern resembles its namesake. The abdomen of the moth is black and white with a splash of bright orange near the tip. They are found in varying regions and climates in North America. Their range extends as far north as Pennsylvania where their active months are shorter due to the colder weather. Populations in Arizona shows adaptability to more arid places, but a greatest numbers live in more humid and tropical states typical of the southeastern U.S., Mexico, and south into Central America.
Scientific Name: Conchylodes ovulalis
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 30mm (0.90in to 1.17in)
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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.