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  • Eight-Spotted Forester Moth - (Alypia octomaculata)

    Eight-Spotted Forester Moth - (Alypia octomaculata)

    Daytime activity and bold patterns tend to mark butterflies, but furry legs and easy-to-count spots point to the Eight-Spotted Forester Moth.

    Staff Writer (8/24/2017): The large white patches on the wings of the Eight-Spotted Forester Moth are hard to miss. The bright orange-red leg hairs are even more noticeable. Because it flies in the day and is often seen at flowers, it is sometimes mistaken for a butterfly. They can be found near forests and woodlands, but especially close to host plants that feed larvae.

    Females fertilized eggs in early summer. In warmer states, two broods are produced each year (a second wave in August) with late season pupae overwintering inside cracks of logs. Cooler states and provinces produce one generation a year. The caterpillar has orange bands at each foot segmentation. Between the orange bands, the fleshy body is white with thin black lines. Black dots interrupt the black lines and are raised to points on the orange parts of the body. Thin white whiskers sparsely extend from head to the rear. They feed on the leaves of various vine plants including grapevines, peppervines and creepers. Adults are believed to drink nectar from a variety of flowering plants.

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    Eight-Spotted Forester Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Eight-Spotted Forester Moth
    Scientific Name: Alypia octomaculata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Noctuidae
           Genus: Alypia
            Species: octomaculata

    Size (Adult, Length): 16mm to 37mm (0.63in to 1.46in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white, orange, red, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: dots, 8, patches, 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; British Columbia; 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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