Jewel Moth (Minacraga argentata)
The jewel moth is a member of the family of Dalceridae moths. Caterpillars of these moths are known for their beauty, which is comparable to a jewel, thus nicknamed ‘Jewel Caterpillar’.
Description and Identification
They are transparent and covered with spines with yellow tips.
Once mature, the larvae undergo pupation.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
Forewings: When the wings are opened, they are buff with a narrow brown submarginal line. When the wings are closed, there is a brown mix between the outer margin and the inner brown line.
Hindwings: When the wings are opened, they are also buff, shading near the anal angle. When the wings are closed, the patterns remain visible.
Average wingspan: 1.3-1.4 cm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: January, April, May, September, and October.
Eggs are laid close to the host plant.
|Distribution||Eastern Brazil, Colombia, and Peru|
|Habitat||Tropical wet, moist and premontane wet forests|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Not recorded|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- Walter Hopp first described this moth in 1922.