Bombicid Moth

Bombicid Moth Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Bombicid Moth
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Bombicidae

The moth members of this Order of insects include a large number of diverse families. Moth groups include micro moths, leaf miners, clothes moths, plume moths, ermine moths, burnets, geometrids, silk moths, sphinx moths, tiger moths, wasp moths, noctuids, underwings and many others.

Showing beauty through simplicity of design, this male moth displays a fine pair of feathered antennae. The Zen-like design displays a peppered frosting of yellow scales towards the wingtips that are mirrored in the yellow hairs that cover its feet. Moths are differentiated from butterflies with feathered, bristled or threadlike antennae compared to the clubbed antennae of butterflies that have a swollen tip. A second difference is the use of hair or bristle structures to link both wing surfaces together in flight. Butterflies achieve this same functionality with a broadened region on the leading edge of their hind wings.