The Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth gets its descriptive name from the appearance of the caterpillar, not the adult moth. The moth may be mustard yellow, orange, or rosy on its forewings with a few black dots on each. Shades and hues vary per individual with males showing an orange tint while females are more rosy. The hindwings are pink with gray dots on them and they are only visible when the wings are spread open and flat. Adults can be found in pastures, meadows, fields, and at the sides of roads and highways.
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.