Fun Brown-hooded Owlet Moth Facts For Kids

Devangana Rathore
Feb 20, 2024 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
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Age: 3-18
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If you ever run into a caterpillar that looks too colorful, it might not be a caterpillar at all. It might well be the brown-hooded owlet moth! They are identified by their brightly colored bodies in tones of red, black, and yellow. These colors ward off predators and definitely make them look cute. Their name comes from a mohawk like hairstyle that looks like a hood. They live in the United States and Canada. In these areas, these small creatures are found on leaves, munching away for most of their time. However, despite how good they look, it is not a good idea to keep these creatures as pets. They are not meant to be in captivity and lead a much shorter and poorer quality of life.  

The world is full of interesting living creatures, and we share much of our lives with them. The owlet moth is only one of them, and there are several other unique creatures, like the puss moth and wolly mammoth, that you should know about.

Brown-Hooded Owlet Moth Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a brown-hooded owlet moth?

This non-native species, Cucullia convexipennis, is a type of moth.

What class of animal does a brown-hooded owlet moth belong to?

The brown-hooded owlet moth (Cucullia convexipennis) belongs to the class of arthropods.

How many brown-hooded owlet moths are there in the world?

About 20,000 species of triangular, stocky nocturnal lepidopterans make up the owlet moths group, which is found all over the world. Some of the world's biggest moths belong to the Noctuidae family.

Where does a brown-hooded owlet moth live?

Cucullia convexipennis moths live in the woods. This moth can find it throughout the north-eastern United States as well as nearby regions of Canada.

What is a brown-hooded owlet moth's habitat?

Wet woodland settings are preferred over semi-arid steppe environments by this species.

Who does the brown-hooded owlet moth live with?

Brown-bordered moths mostly live solitary lives. This is similar to striped bark scorpions that prefer to stay alone in their habitat and only come together during mating season. Therefore, when a group of scorpions is discovered together, it is owing to a lack of room.

How long does a brown-hooded owlet moth live?

Although the lifespan of Cucullia convexipennis moths is unclear, this species of the Noctuidae family can complete their life cycle in four to six weeks on average.

How do they reproduce?

The lifecycle of the inconspicuous brown-hooded moth is remarkable and it is characteristic of the metamorphosis of many other moths and butterflies. In early summer, the insect will hatch as an adult moth in a cocoon called a pupa on the ground surface after winter after winter. The female delivers about 400 eggs.

In some regions, there may be two generations of these owlet caterpillars, with the first generation consuming the leaves of plants and the second one devouring the flowers. Depending on the area, the moth travels from May to September. Goldenrods, Asters, and other low plants are examples of host plants.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of brown-bordered Cucullia convexipennis (Genus Cucullia) moths is Not Evaluated by the IUCN Red List.

Brown-Hooded Owlet Moth Fun Facts

What do brown-hooded owlet moths look like?

Adult brown-hooded owlets have long, whitish hairs with brown tips all over their heads. This 'hood' has a mohawk-like appearance. Brown hair clusters extend from the body's center, springing up between the wings. The moth is a light brown throughout, but the outermost, lower edges of the forewings darken. The dark gradient on the wing fluctuates in such a way that it almost looks streaky. Each wing has three tiny deep brown spots in the paler area.

Calico paint caterpillar is another name for this beautiful brown-hooded owlet moth caterpillar. Its head is shiny black with yellow stripes and markings. A deep orange line goes down the back, centered between pinstripe yellow bars. Small white and yellow lines run down both sides of the caterpillar, with a horizontal crimson line running along the base by the legs. Goldenrods and Asters provide food for this larva.

Brown-bordered cucullia, calico paint caterpillar, and brown-bordered owlet are all names for this brown-hooded owlet moth.

How cute are they?

The brown-hooded owlet species looks cute with the tall, whitish hairs with brown tips all over their heads and the hood has a mohawk-like look.

How do they communicate?

Pheromones are the most frequent type of communication used by moths. However, moths may also interact using reduced ultrasounds, according to scientists. Giant leopard moths possess hearing and they produce noises to scare away bats. They also emit sounds to entice and copulate with the opposite sex.

How big is a brown-hooded owlet moth?

The average length of this species is between 0.8-1 in (20.3-25.4 mm). However, banded tussock moths in North America can reach a length of 0.9-1.3 in (22.8-33 mm). Banded moths are bigger than brown-hooded owlets.

How fast can a brown-hooded owlet moth fly?

These moths, which fly from May to September depending on location, travel slowly compared to the surrounding air.

How much does a brown-hooded owlet moth weigh?

The average body weight of these moths that feed on Aster plants in neighboring Canada and the north-eastern United States is not known. However, it is likely they weight next to nothing.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Male and female brown-hooded owlet moths have no specific names.

What would you call a baby brown-hooded owlet moth?

There is no specific title for these baby moths found in the north-eastern United States and nearby regions in Canada.

What do they eat?

These moths like to eat goldenrod and aster (Aster spp.) flowers and leaves of these host plants provide food for the larvae of this species.

Are they dangerous?

Although this owlet species is not known to bit, it likely does. Bite marks from its cousins leave a little red mark that may be painful for a short time, but they are not harmful. In Mexico, black witch moths are known as 'mariposa de la muerte', translating to 'butterfly of death'.

Would they make a good pet?

It is not good to capture these wild moths and keep them in a box at home. They are not good pets since their lifestyle does not suit human captivity.

Did you know...

On floral peduncles, the female delivers about 400 eggs. In three to five days, the eggs hatch and the juvenile larvae feast on the flowers, leaving empty glumes in their wake.

Members of the Noctuidae family, like other moths and butterflies, are vital pollinators of plants. Some species, on the other hand, have formed a stronger bond with host plants.

Since they are nocturnal, the milkweed tussock moths do not need color to ward off predators.

What is the wingspan of an owlet moth?

The Noctuidae species comprises some of the world's biggest moths, with wingspans ranging from 0.3-12 in (0.76-30.4 cm).

Who described the brown-hooded owlet moth first?

Cucullia convexipennis, often known as the brown-bordered cucullia or brown-hooded owlet, is a Noctuidae family moth. Coleman Townsend Robinson and Augustus Radcliffe Grote were the first to identify the species in 1868.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other arthropods from our stick bug facts and Christmas beetle facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable brown hooded owlet moth coloring pages.

Brown-Hooded Owlet Moth Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Asters and goldenrod

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


How Much Did They Weigh?


What habitat Do they Live In?

tree leaves

Where Do They Live?

north-eastern united states and canada

How Long Were They?

0.8-1 in (20.3-25.4 mm)

How Tall Were They?








Scientific Name

Cucullia convexipennis

What Do They Look Like?

Yellow, black, and red

Skin Type


What Are Their Main Threats?


What is their Conservation Status?

Not Evaluated
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Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

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Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

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