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Saddled Prominent Moth (Heterocampa guttivitta)

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

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A grayish green hairs on the wings of the Saddled Prominent help camouflage this moth on the trunks of a variety of deciduous trees.

Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The gray-green hues of some and the brown-gray shades of others allow Saddled Prominent Moths to better blend in with their forest habitat. Active throughout the summer, up to two broods can be produced which can stress host trees.

Adult Saddled Prominents are first active in late spring/early summer when they immediately get to work on reproducing. They are nocturnal and egg-laying is done at night. Females can lay hundreds of fertilized eggs on the higher leaves of maple, oak, sumac, witchhazel, and apple trees. Caterpillars are fleshy and green or yellow with brown markings at the middle of the body, where one would see the saddle on a horse. These hungry caterpillars can defoliate a tree, leaving only the skeletons of leaves behind. Fortunately, despite the large number of mouths, many trees can withstand the foliage loss. Sustained feeding may diminish sap production, a concern for maple syrup harvesters. After one to three years, local birds and other insects eat them and wasps parasitize them, creating a biological control that stems outright devastation.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers


Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Notodontidae
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          Genus: Heterocampa
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            Species: guttivitta
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Heterocampa guttivitta
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 25mm (0.90" to 0.98")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, gray, white

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 23mm (0.9in) and 25mm (1.0in)
Lo: 23mm
Md: 24mm
Hi: 25mm
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 Saddled Prominent 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 Saddled Prominent Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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