Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Purple Carrot-seed Moth
Depressaria depressana (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Elachistidae
Subfamily: Depressariinae
Wing Span: 0.14-0.2 cm
Life History:
Flight: May through December
Caterpillar Hosts: Daucus carota, Pimpinella, Pastinaca, Seseli and Peucedanum
Adult Food:
Range: Recently introduced to northeastern North America. Occurs in most of Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.