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Mulberry Leaftier Moth (Glyphodes sibillalis)


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



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The decorative Mulberry Leaftier Moth is one of four of this genus in North America.



Updated: 09/14/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Small and pretty, the Mulberry Leaftier is a type of Snout Moth with large white blobs and bits on its golden brown wings. The forewings are usually held flat and open, revealing the mostly white hindwing and its thick border. Fragments of brown lines may also be visible on the white portion. The body is just as patterned with white spots on the brown body.

The caterpillar of this moth feeds on the leaves of the mulberry tree, which bears long, sweet, black mulberries that are enjoyed by humans and birds. Leaftier caterpillars literally tie leaves together using their silk to form retreats and protective cover for themselves. A peek inside one of these leaf clusters on a mulberry tree may reveal a caterpillar spinning its cocoon.




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: Glyphodes
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            Species: sibillalis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Glyphodes sibillalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 8mm to 11mm (0.31" to 0.43")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; orange; white; gold
Descriptors: hindwing wide border; large white spots; zigzag in corner of wing; dark wing tip; patterned body; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 8mm and 11mm
Lo: 8mm
Md: 9.5mm
Hi: 11mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Mulberry Leaftier 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 Mulberry Leaftier Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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