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The Hebrew Moth (Polygrammate hebraeicum)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the The Hebrew Moth



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The white Hebrew Moth is covered with black markings, the shape of which somewhat resemble characters in Hebrew script.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The forewings of the Hebrew Moth are covered in a pattern of black lines that form various shapes. A black distal dot marks the center of each wing. When spread open and revealed, the hindwings are a taupe color and lack markings of any kind; instead they have a downy or feathery appearance with an ivory fringe. The upper part of the white abdomen is punctuated with a black dot and two angled black lines forming the shape of what looks like a pendant necklace.

Caterpillars are a lavender color with raised yellowish bumps sprouting thin hairs at each segment. Darker violet spots are speckled on and between each segment. They eat the leaves on blackgum trees, a native tree that is favored by wildlife.




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: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Polygrammate
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            Species: hebraeicum
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Polygrammate hebraeicum
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 29mm (0.90" to 1.14")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, white
Descriptors: marbled, v-shapes, flying, hairy, feathery, fringe
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 23mm (0.9in) and 29mm (1.1in)
Lo: 23mm
Md: 26mm
Hi: 29mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the The Hebrew 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 The Hebrew Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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