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Yellow-vested Moth (Rectiostoma xanthobasis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yellow-vested Moth



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What the Yellow-vested Moth lacks in size, it makes up for with bright, contrasting color.



Updated: 02/04/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This moth really does look like it is donning a yellow vest over its black wings. It even appears to have large armholes. The high-visibility of its colors makes it easier for people to notice. What may require a closer look are the faint blue patches where the yellow vest ends. These are hard to see on the black wings. It is a part of the Twirler Moth family, and usually rests with its wings flat and close to its body. The caterpillar hides between the leaves of host trees, post oak and water oak, by using its silk to bind two together.



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: Depressariidae
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          Genus: Rectiostoma
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            Species: xanthobasis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Rectiostoma xanthobasis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 14mm (0.47" to 0.55")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow; black; blue
Descriptors: small; tiny; yellow shoulders; black bottom wings; flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 12mm (0.5in) and 14mm (0.6in)
Lo: 12mm
Md: 13mm
Hi: 14mm
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 Yellow-vested 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 Yellow-vested Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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