Gold Moth

By William T. Hathaway

Gold Moth

The Gold Moth (Basilodes pepita) is a member of the Noctuid or Owlet Moths; they usually hold their wings rooflike over the body. The golden color of this moth is not conspicuous unless the wings are spread.

In mounting moths, students are often surprised when a small, lusterless moth unfolds from a dull specimen to a colorful addition to their collection; a golden color, seen from certain angles, is a rare feature among moths. The Gold Moth has a wingspan of 1.4 in. – 1.6 in. (3.5 cm – 4.5 cm) which is quite small, requiring patience and skill in mounting the specimen on a pin for display.

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