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Brown Panopoda Moth (Panopoda carneicosta)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Brown Panopoda Moth



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A quirky birthmark changes the Brown Panopoda Moth from common and drab to engaging and fabulous.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Brown Panopoda Moth is a medium brown with a unique marking on each forewing. The marking is comprised of a single black dot and a capital 'L' with a curvy bottom. Together, these markings could make up a symbol for a person typing on a laptop; the kind one would find on wi-fi signage at airports, libraries, and cafes. The 'L' part of the mark may be small, faded, or even absent from individuals. When wings are open and spread out, two long, thin, wavy lines flow through the center and lower part of all four wings. A short thin line near the 'shoulders' does not cross the body.

Caterpillars are a bright, leafy green, and covered in tiny dots from head to rear. 'Feet' are orange. They feed on the leaves hickory trees and are believed to also eat from basswood, oak, and willow trees. Adults are in flight throughout the summer; longer in southern parts of their range. They are nocturnal and are attracted to lights at night. Look for them in parks, woodlands, and neighborhoods where host trees are growing.




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: Panopoda
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            Species: carneicosta
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Panopoda carneicosta
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 38mm to 46mm (1.49" to 1.81")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, tan, black
Descriptors: mark, birthmark, wink, closed, sleeping eye, flying
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 38mm (1.5in) and 46mm (1.8in)
Lo: 38mm
Md: 42mm
Hi: 46mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Brown Panopoda 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 Brown Panopoda Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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