Looper Moth

Looper Moth

Common Name: Looper Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Noctuidae

Adorned with strangely shaped tufts of hair on its thorax and abdomen and a striking golden metallic swatch on each forewing, this Noctuid moth is trying to resemble a bird dropping. Resembling bird droppings is a relatively common cryptic devise employed by a variety of tropical invertebrates including spiders, caterpillars and moths. Since many insects spend their time exposed on the leaf surfaces, it can be beneficial to resemble generally inedible object you might also find on a leaf surface such as a bird dropping. These moths have ear structures located on their thorax and include Cutworms.