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Hahncappsia Moth (Hahncappsia spp.)

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

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Faint brown lines cross the wings of these shimmering moths that only make appearances in the hottest parts of the summer.

Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The genus Hahncappsia represents a group of shiny blonde moths. The different species have variations in wavy the thin, brown lines that cross their wings are, but they all have them. A long, silky fringe runs along the bottom edge of the wings. A semi-glossy sheen overlays the entire moth, giving it some sparkle in sunshine. The face appears to have a short snout or nose, and large, bulging eyes side on either side of the head.

This is a summer moth, and it is most active in the warmest months of the year in its region. The caterpillar of one species in this genus is fleshy and yellow, covered in big, black dots. Plants that have been used as food sources for larvae in this genus include mint, ragweed, and dock, as well as goldenrod, morning glory, and tobacco.

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: Crambidae
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          Genus: Hahncappsia
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hahncappsia spp.
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 18mm to 24mm (0.70" to 0.94")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, brown, white, ivory
Descriptors: shimmer, shiny, pale, gold, yellow, cream, snout, nose, flying, fringe

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 18mm (0.7in) and 24mm (0.9in)
Lo: 18mm
Md: 21mm
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 Hahncappsia 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 Hahncappsia Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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