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Black Bit Moth (Celiptera frustulum)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Black Bit Moth



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A black bottom line bordered in orange runs along the lower part of the Black Bit's wings.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The brown adult moth has two black spots near the 'shoulders', where the forewings begin. These black bits are shaped like a rounded triangle or heart. Smaller black marks curve around the rest of the wings. A bold dark line crosses the wings near the bottom and is highlighted by a thin orange line just above it. Small, dark, evenly spaced dots run along under these lines. Each wing has two oval reniform spots or rings in the center that touch. Just above the fringe, a dark line seems to zigzag its way across all four wings.

Brown caterpillars feed on legumes like panicled tickclover, hog peanut vine, and wisteria as well as locust. Their long, slender bodies have thin, dark brown lines running down the length of them, helping them look more textured like a woody stem. Two broods can be produced each year.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
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          Genus: Celiptera
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            Species: frustulum
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Celiptera frustulum
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 21mm (0.74" to 0.82")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; orange
Descriptors: black guitar picks; black hearts; black orange line; flying; brown ring
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 19mm (0.7in) and 21mm (0.8in)
Lo: 19mm
Md: 20mm
Hi: 21mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Black Bit 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 Black Bit Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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