×
BugFinder Insects by State Spiders Butterflies & Moths Bees, Ants, & Wasps Beetles All Bugs Videos (YouTube)

Lunate Zale Moth (Zale lunata)


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



Loading SVG image placeholder
1/2
Image Credit: Image copyright www.InsectIdentification.org; No Reproduction Permitted
Full-sized image of the Lunate-Zale-Moth Thumbnail image of the Lunate-Zale-Moth
2/2
Image Credit: Image copyright www.InsectIdentification.org; No Reproduction Permitted
Full-sized image #2 of the Lunate-Zale-Moth Thumbnail image #2 of the Lunate-Zale-Moth

The Lunate Zale Moth is well camouflaged on brown tree trunks, blending in flawlessly as it expand its range.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Lunate Zales are extremely widespread throughout North America. They are large moths in the Owlet family. Their brown bodies are furry and they have 'pelts' of fur on their 'shoulders'. Although they are seemingly drab, if studied closely, fine, wavy striations, or bands of color stretch across the wings of this species, like ripples on water. This moth prefers to sit with its wings open and flat, making it easier to view this engrossing pattern.

Lunate Zale caterpillars feed on apple, cherry, and plum trees as well oak, maple, and willow. Because these are their larval food plants, adults can be found in forests, orchards, and woodlands where these trees grow. They may also be found near creeks, streams, and in canyons where moisture is available. Adults are most active in spring.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
Flying insect icon
Striped or banded insect icon




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
View More
          Genus: Zale
View More
            Species: lunata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Zale lunata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 25mm (0.78" to 0.98")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: striations, lines, wavy, layers, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 20mm and 25mm
Lo: 20mm
Md: 22.5mm
Hi: 25mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
State of Alabama graphic
State of Arizona graphic
State of Arkansas graphic
State of California graphic
State of Colorado graphic
State of Delware graphic
State of Florida graphic
State of Georgia graphic
State of Idaho graphic
State of Illinois graphic
State of Indiana graphic
State of Iowa graphic
State of Kansas graphic
State of Kentucky graphic
State of Louisiana graphic
State of Maine graphic
State of Maryland graphic
State of Michigan graphic
State of Minnesota graphic
State of Mississippi graphic
State of Missouri graphic
State of Montana graphic
State of Nebraska graphic
State of Nevada graphic
State of New England graphic
State of New Jersey graphic
State of New Mexico graphic
State of New York graphic
State of North Carolina graphic
State of North Dakota graphic
State of Ohio graphic
State of Oklahoma graphic
State of Oregon graphic
State of Pennsylvania graphic
State of South Carolina graphic
State of South Dakota graphic
State of Tennessee graphic
State of Texas graphic
State of Utah graphic
State of Virginia graphic
State of Washington graphic
State of West Virginia graphic
State of Wisconsin graphic
State of Wyoming graphic
Canadian territory of Alberta graphic
Canadian territory of British Columbia graphic
Canadian territory of Manitoba graphic
Canadian territory of New Brunswick graphic
Canadian territory of Newfoundland and Labrador graphic
Canadian territory of Ontario graphic
Canadian territory of Quebec graphic
Canadian territory of Saskatchewan graphic
Territory map graphic of the country of Mexico
Contiguous United States shape map layer graphic
Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Lunate Zale 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 Lunate Zale Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Sitemap


Beetle Identification Butterfly Identification Caterpillar Identification Spider ID

www.InsectIdentification.org • Content ©2006- InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved. The InsectIdentification.org logo, its written content, and watermarked photographs/imagery are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and is protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. This resource uses publically-released information. Material presented throughout this website is for entertainment value and should not to be construed as usable for scientific research or medical advice (regarding bites, etc...).Please consult licensed, degreed professionals for such information. By submitting images to us (InsectIdentification.org) you acknowledge that you have read and understood our Site Disclaimer as it pertains to "User-Submitted Content". When emailing please include your location and the general estimated size of the specimen in question if possible. Please direct all inquiries and comments to insectidentification AT gmail.com.

www.InsectIdentification.org • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2006- NEW-NEWSITE

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo