CLASSIFICATION OF MOTH

KINGDOM :- ANIMALIA (Multicellular eukaryotic organisms)

PHYLUM :- ARTHROPODA (Jointed appendages.)

CLASS :- INSECTA (3 pairs of legs.)

ORDER :- LEPIDOPTERA  (Scale wing)

FAMILY :- NOTODONTIDAE

GENUS :-  Moth

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

  • Cosmopolitans.

HABIT AND HABITAT

  • Found in dry cultivated plains, lower hills (slopes), forest, grasses and cultivated crops. They are night fliers or nocturnal. At night they are found near light (bulb or tube).

MOTH DIAGRAM INSECT ARTHROPODA

GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF MOTH

  • Body is divided into head, thorax and abdomen. 
  • Head contains compound eyes, feathery antennae and mouth parts.
  • During resting period wings are horizontally held. 
  • Mouth parts are of sucking and siphoning type with long coiled proboscis. 
  • Hind wings are smaller than forewings. Wings are membranous, also coupled and beat together.
  • Thorax has 3 pairs of legs. 
  • Abdomen has 10 segments.
  • There are several varieties of moths as cercopia moths, cloth moths and sphinx moths. 
  • Common cloth moth is Tinea pellionella.
MOTH INSECT ARTHROPODA

IDENTIFICATION

  • The insect contains short, feathery tentacle and all above features hence it is moth.

MOTH INSECT ARTHROPODA
MOTH INSECT ARTHROPODA
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