honeysuckle moth

(Ypsolopha dentella)

honeysuckle moth
Photo by Photo by Babette Kis
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2375

 
 
Conservation Status
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Description
 
 

Honeysuckle moth, also called European honeysuckle moth, is a small, exotic, falcate-winged moth. It is native to Europe and Asia. It was accidentally introduced from Europe into North America, where it now occurs in the United States from Maine to Connecticut, west to Minnesota, and across southern Canada. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, including forests, shrubby prairies, gardens, and anywhere else its host is found. Larvae feed on honeysuckle.

Adults are to 716 (10 to 11 mm) in length and have a ¾ to (20 to 22 mm) wingspan.

The head and thorax are white. The antennae are banded, each antennal segment half brown and half white. The finger-like mouthparts (palps) project forward, snout-like. They are white above and brown on the sides.

The forewings are dark chocolate brown with a white stripe on the inner margin that curves inward to the postmedial area. When viewed from the side, the tip of the forewing is sharply curved upward, appearing hooked. This is the feature that gives the species the first part of its common name “falcate”, which means curved. The hindwings are uniformly dark gray.

The legs are brown with a highly variable amount of white speckling. They may appear mostly to entirely one color or the other.

Early stage (instar) caterpillars are entirely green. Late instar caterpillars are purple or pinkish-red above. They feed in a loose web.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total length: to 716 (10 to 11 mm)

Wingspan: ¾ to (20 to 22 mm)

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

July and August

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

Honeysuckle moth rests with its head down, the antennae held forward, and the rear of its body and the wings elevated – the headstand position.

Adults are active at night and will come to lights.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Honeysuckle

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 21, 24, 29, 30, 75, 82, 83.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Superfamily

Yponomeutoidea (ermine moths and allies)  
 

Family

Ypsolophidae (falcate-winged moths)  
 

Subfamily

Ypsolophinae  
 

Genus

Ypsolopha  
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

honeysuckle moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Instar

The developmental stage of arthropods between each molt; in insects, the developmental stage of the larvae or nymph.

 

Palp

Short for pedipalp. A segmented, finger-like process of an arthropod; one is attached to each maxilla and two are attached to the labium. They function as sense organs in spiders and insects, and as weapons in scorpions. Plural: palpi or palps.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Ypsolopha dentella, honeysuckle moth on Solomon's seal leaf at the hedgerow adjacent to Barnes Prairie, Racine Co., WI. Photos were taken July 7, 2022.

This striking moth is about 8 mm long, and rests head down. I usually see them in early morning, and late afternoon.

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Location: Barnes Prairie, Racine Co., WI

Ypsolopha dentella, honeysuckle moth on Solomon's seal leaf at the hedgerow adjacent to Barnes Prairie, Racine Co., WI. Photos were taken July 7, 2022. This striking moth is about 8 mm long, and rests head down. I usually see them in early morning, and late afternoon.

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