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Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Eight-spotted Forester Moth



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Saturated colors and bold patterns are a typical in butterflies, but the Eight-spotted Forester Moth proves that moths can have a similar impact.



Updated: 05/11/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The 8 large white patches on the black 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, this moth is sometimes mistaken for a butterfly. It can be found near forests and woodlands, but especially close to host plants that feed larvae.

Females lay fertilized eggs in early summer. In warmer states, two broods are produced each year (a second wave comes in August). Late season pupae overwinter inside cracks of logs. Cooler states and provinces produce only one generation a year. The fleshy caterpillar has thick orange bands at each segment. Black dots cover these orange parts of the body. Alternating thin black and white bands fill the space between the orange ones. 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.




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: Alypia
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            Species: octomaculata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Alypia octomaculata
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 16mm to 37mm (0.62" to 1.45")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, white, orange, red, yellow
Descriptors: dots, 8, patches, flying
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 16mm (0.6in) and 37mm (1.5in)
Lo: 16mm
Md: 26.5mm
Hi: 37mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Eight-spotted Forester Moth 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 Eight-spotted Forester Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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