Lepidoptera Family Orthosiida Moths
This is a large family of over thirty species, most of them of rather small size, which make their appearance, with two exceptions, either in early spring or in late autumn, often attracted in the former season by the sallow blossom, and in the latter by ivy bloom.
Several of them are very common insects, that are almost sure to be taken by a young collector during his first season.
The fore wings of these moths are more or less pointed at the tip, and the usual lines and spots are generally distinct. The males may be distinguished from the females by their antenna, which are always more or less ciliated.
The caterpillars are smooth and velvety, and feed by night; and the pupa are inclosed in cocoons constructed of earth and silk.