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Rustic Quaker (Orthodes majuscula)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Rustic Quaker



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The Rustic Quaker has simple, obvious markings and uniform color, like many of its relatives.



Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A very brown moth, the Rustic Quaker has thin yellow lines that cross the forewings in three places. Each wing has two yellow, globular rings or circles in the midsection that may or may not connect to each other. A darker brown band may be visible along the bottom part of the wing, beneath the four reniform spots. The Rustic Quaker caterpillar eats the leaves of various grasses, dandelion, plantain, and willow trees. The range of this moth is expansive, and it is active much of the year in southern states.



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: Noctuiidae
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          Genus: Orthodes
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            Species: majuscula
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Orthodes majuscula
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 19mm (0.55" to 0.74")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: tan rings; four circles; globs; brown; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 19mm (0.7in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 16.5mm
Hi: 19mm
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 Rustic Quaker 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 Rustic Quaker. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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