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  • Zig-Zag Furcula Moth - (Furcula scolopendrina)

    Zig-Zag Furcula Moth - (Furcula scolopendrina)

    A robust body, feathery tufts of hair, woolly legs and conspicuous markings make the Zig-Zag Furcula Moth one to look for at nightfall.

    Staff Writer (1/25/2017): The Zig-Zag Furcula Moth is strictly nocturnal, only becoming active at sundown. It is attracted to lights at night. They prefer wet deciduous forests, but span the western part of the continent from Canada and into Mexico. They are most active in flight in the summer months, but may been seen as early as mid-spring.

    Caterpillars are shaped like a rolled leaf. The rear of the caterpillar extends into a long 'stem'. The head of the caterpillar is large and flat in front, as if mimicking a flat edge of a leaf torn in half. The plump, hairless larva changes colors and pattern as it matures. They can be green with brown spots on the dorsal side (back), or yellow/tan with a larger brown spot draping it. Small eyespots dot the sides of the body. The larval caterpillar feeds on the leaves of popular trees like birch, cottonwood and willows.

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    Zig-Zag Furcula Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Zig-Zag Furcula Moth
    Scientific Name: Furcula scolopendrina

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Notodontidae
           Genus: Furcula
            Species: scolopendrina

    Size (Adult, Length): 17mm to 20mm (0.67in to 0.79in)

    Identifying Colors: white, black, gray, orange

    Additional Descriptors: flying, band, stripe, spots, arc, semicircle

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Oregon; South Dakota; ; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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