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Moths

Butterfly and Moth Image Gallery : Moths

Cerma cerintha (Tufted Bird-dropping Moth)

This moth is one of many species that gets its name from its protective coloration. With its wings folded while resting on a leaf, it resembles a bird-dropping. This hides it from predatory birds.

This moth is small (1/2 inch wingspread). It has whitish hindwings, and forewings with patchy bluish and greenish-silver scales.

This species lives in the eastern United States and southern Canada. The larval host plants are roses, plums, cherries, and hawthorns.

Collection of the Illinois State Museum
Photographed by Dr. Everett Cashatt
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<b><i>Cerma cerintha</i> (Tufted Bird-dropping Moth)</b>

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