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Beautiful Wood-Nymph (Eudryas grata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Beautiful Wood-Nymph



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The unique coloration of the Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth has the appearance of something most humans find more annoying than beautiful.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 is 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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Eudryas
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            Species: grata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Eudryas grata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 46mm (0.51" to 1.81")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: white, red, purple, black, green, yellow, brown
Descriptors: multicolored, skunk, stripe, fuzzy, hairy, furry, mohawk, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 13mm and 46mm
Lo: 13mm
Md: 29.5mm
Hi: 46mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Beautiful Wood-Nymph may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Beautiful Wood-Nymph. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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