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Orange-tufted Oneida Moth (Oneida lunulalis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Orange-tufted Oneida Moth



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Shimmering orange ridges and bumps add dimension to the Orange-tufted Oneida's wings.



Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Found in the eastern part of the continent, each wing of this moth has an orange, almost metallic, ridge near the head. Olive green patches of scales sit just below each ridge. Singular, round orange tufts sit in the center of the white part of the wings. Wing corners have brown patches, but the same orange coloring exists there as well, creating a sort of ?eye? at each wing tip. Overall, it has a woodsy color-scheme which fits well with its woodland habitat. Caterpillars feed on oak leaves, so look for adults in areas where oaks grow. This can include backyards and parks as well as woodlands.



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: Pyralidae
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          Genus: Oneida
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            Species: lunulalis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Oneida lunulalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39" to 0.47")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white; brown; green; orange; gold
Descriptors: golden shimmer; olive green; dark patch at wing tip; raised hairs middle wing; flying
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 12mm (0.5in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 11mm
Hi: 12mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Orange-tufted Oneida 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 Orange-tufted Oneida Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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