Small Magpie Moth Eurrhypara spp.

Common Name: Small Magpie Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Pyralidae

Resembling the geometrid Magpie Moth, the larvae of this moth eats nettles. Moth cocoons have been utilized as charms by various indigenous groups. In California, the Wailaki Tribe made symbolic objects designed to focus the eye of God on the owner, ensuring health and success. these objects, called “God’s Eye” included charms made from cocoons. The Pomo Tribe Indians used cocoons as gambling charms. The Konkow Maidu Tribe had an offering flag pendant sting made from cocoons they called yokoli. In central Brazil, the Shavante Tribe had an extremely sacred ceremonial whistle decorated with a large black silk cocoon.