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Tufted Thyatirin (Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Tufted Thyatirin

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Two color forms for the Tufted Thyatirin exist, but they still manage to recognize each other despite their differences.

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A dark brown variation has gold accents on the hindwings' fringe and inner edge. A trio of black lines crosses the wings near the thorax. The 'epultrix' form is pale gray with pink, or salmon-colored, accents along the fringe and base of the forewings. A trio of bands (black-pink-black) crosses the wings by the thorax, or a single large pinkish area may be present instead. The thorax region of this moth has a crest of hairs that rise up, almost like those seen in Prominent moths. The tip of the abdomen peeks out about the resting wings. Most times, this moth holds its wings closed above the body, but apart beneath it. This posture creates an 'A-frame' or pup tent shape.

Brown caterpillars feed on a variety of deciduous trees like willow, poplar, alder, and birch. It has serpentine, angled markings and may curl up like a snake. Adults are active from spring through autumn, so more time to reproduce allows for two broods to be produced in each year.©InsectIdentification.org

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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: Drepanidae
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          Genus: Pseudothyatira
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            Species: cymatophoroides

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 23mm to 25mm (0.90" to 0.98")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; tan; gray; pink
Descriptors: shiny; gleam; sheen; bronze; gold fringe; orange-pink; wavy lines; flying

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 Tufted Thyatirin 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 Tufted Thyatirin. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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