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Eyed Dysodia Moth (Dysodia oculatana)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Eyed Dysodia Moth

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The chocolate brown Eyed Dysodia moth showcases a bright white delta on each wavy forewing.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Shaped like a Star Trek communication badge, the triangular white mark on the top of the Eyed Dysodia's wings creates a focal point on the otherwise dark moth. This type of moth is a Window-winged Moth, and the white mark is the window. Wings are overall brown, but spots of yellow-orange can be seen all over them. A chunky brown body looks inflated compared to the slender abdomen typically imagined for moths. A dark, hairy thorax is as robust as its body, and large tufts of hairs sit on the legs. The Eyed Dysodia spreads its wings while sitting on leafy perches, creating photos that appear to have curled wings that flare out like a fan. The bottom edges of the wings are scalloped.

Larvae for this moth are leaf-curlers. The chubby red-orange caterpillar covered in black dots has a black head and sparse, short hairs on its body. The caterpillar cuts across a leaf as it rolls itself up. This provides a shelter for the growing larva. They feed on the leaves of beans, white snakeroot, and whiteflower leafcup.©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: Thyrididae
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          Genus: Dysodia
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            Species: oculatana
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Dysodia oculatana
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 21mm (0.70" to 0.82")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; white; orange; yellow
Descriptors: white crescent mark; white spot; bronze; curled wings; scalloped edge; folded wings; fan; flying

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 18mm (0.7in) and 21mm (0.8in)
Lo: 18mm
Md: 19.5mm
Hi: 21mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Eyed Dysodia 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 Eyed Dysodia Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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