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Eyed Baileya (Baileya opthalmica)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Eyed Baileya

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This woodland dweller comes out at night with a pair of sharp eyespots on its wings.

Updated: 01/03/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The eyes on the Eyed Baileya are found on the center of the forewings on the moth, usually on a light backdrop. The eyes may not be as obvious in some individuals, but their presence is apparent upon closer inspection. The bulky thorax is quite hairy; blonde hairs make up most of the upper part by the head while dark brown hairs fill in the lower part near the wings. Dark patches sit near the wing tips.

Adults are nocturnal and are likely to be found in or near forests during spring and most of summer. Caterpillars feed a deciduous tree leaves like beech, butternut, hophornbeam, and hornbeam. Despite a common presence in the eastern part of the continent, populations also exist in western provinces.©InsectIdentification.org

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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: Nolidae
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          Genus: Baileya
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            Species: opthalmica

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Baileya opthalmica
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 18mm (0.51" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; tan; white; gray
Descriptors: two-toned; eye; ring; black and tan; flying; aerodynamic

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 13mm (0.5in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 13mm
Md: 15.5mm
Hi: 18mm

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 Eyed Baileya 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 Eyed Baileya. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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