Bombicid Moth

Bombicid Moth

Common Name: Bombicid Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Bombicidae

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.