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Close-banded Yellowhorn Moth (Colocasia propinquilinea)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Close-banded Yellowhorn Moth

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Yellow antennae are hallmarks of the Close-banded Yellowhorn Moth, blending in well with its forest dwelling.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Yellowhorn moths have yellow antennae. The Close-banded Yellowhorn has long, thin antennae with short comb-like 'teeth' in males, but simple antennae in females. A mix of black and white, the overall gray color of the moth is interrupted by a dark gray-black band that completely crosses the forewings. Inside this dark band sits a white spot, almost completely outlined in black, near the edge of edge forewing. Just under the band and spot is a bean-shaped marking. The face is covered in light gray and white hairs. It is similar in appearance to its relative, the Saddled Yellowhorn, which has a large dark patch on the center of its wings.

Caterpillars of the Close-banded Yellowhorn Moth eat leaves from a variety of common trees. Everything from oak to poplar trees are host plants, making this species a popular inhabitant of most deciduous forests.©InsectIdentification.org

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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: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Colocasia
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            Species: propinquilinea
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Colocasia propinquilinea
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 24mm (0.78" to 0.94")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; white; gray
Descriptors: spot; bean; antennae; flying; marbled

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 24mm (0.9in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 22mm
Hi: 24mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Close-banded Yellowhorn 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 Close-banded Yellowhorn Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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