The unique coloration of the Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth has the appearance of something most humans find more annoying than beautiful.
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 as a pile of excrement. Even their furry legs stretch out in such a way as to look help it look like a splat of feces. The true beauty of this species is appreciated upon closer inspection The bottoms of the white wings and the outer edges are bordered in maroon. A line of yellow green separates the two colors. A black tuft of hair on the head reaches down between the wings. The front pair of white and gray legs are hairy down to the 'ankles'.
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.
Scientific Name: Eudryas grata
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 46mm (0.51in to 1.79in)
Colors: white, red, purple, black, green, yellow, brown
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.