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  • Beautiful Wood-Nymph Moth - (Eudryas grata)

    Beautiful Wood-Nymph Moth - (Eudryas grata)

    The unique coloration of the Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth has the appearance of something most humans find disgusting.


    Staff Writer (8/18/2017): It is believed that the strange color and pattern seen on the Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth is a form of camouflage. Their multicolored appearance resembles bird droppings. Indeed, such an adaptation is a clever means of avoiding predators. When found resting on a leaf, this moth is easily overlooked. Even their furry legs stretch out in such a way as to look help it look like a splat of feces.

    This species is at home in forests, meadows and gardens. Look for adults on Virginia creeper and grapevines. They fly during the day and do not eat. They reserve their energy for finding a mate and reproducing. The caterpillars of this moth feast on the leaves of the aforementioned host plants in addition to other related vines.

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    Details of the:
    Beautiful Wood-Nymph Moth


    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Beautiful Wood-Nymph Moth
    Scientific Name: Eudryas grata

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Noctuidae
           Genus: Eudryas
            Species: grata





    Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 46mm (0.51in to 1.81in)

    Identifying Colors: white, red, purple, black, green, yellow, brown

    Additional Descriptors: multicolored, skunk, stripe, fuzzy, hairy, furry, mohawk, flying


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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