Silver-spotted Fern Moth (Callopistria cordata)

Silver-spotted Fern Moth (Callopistria cordata)

Photograph by Carol Muth

Silver-spotted Fern Moth (Callopistria cordata) is an insect in the Noctuidae (Owlet Moths) family. The order is Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths).  The species name is Latin for "heart-shaped," referring to the somewhat heart-shaped white spots on the wings.

These small moths have a wing span of just over an inch (2.5 centimteres). The wings are a light brown or tan with silver to white spots. The Silver-spotted Fern Moth caterpillar feeds on ferns of which there are many in the area of French Hill Pond. These moths become adults and fly in the summer months. 

 

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