Eight-spotted Forester

COMMON NAME — Eight-spotted Forester
SCIENTIFIC NAME — Alypia octomaculata
FAMILY — Noctuidae
ORDER — Lepidoptera


Eight-spotted Forester. 4 Apr 2013. Click to enlarge.

Eight-spotted Forester Moth. 4 Apr 2013. Click to enlarge.

This is the only sighting I’ve had of this moth to-date. It was hanging onto a dead grass stalk out back in the open area of the property on a fairly cold, overcast morning. Here you can see 4 of the eight yellow spots. When the wings are fully expanded, all eight spots are visible.


Eight-spotted Forester Moth. 4 Apr 2013. Click to enlarge.

Eight-spotted Forester Moth. 4 Apr 2013. Click to enlarge.

Side view. Love the stylish orange puffs on the legs.


A few details about the Eight-spotted Forester Moth:

Range Maine and southern Quebec to Florida; west to South Dakota and Texas.

Habitat Open areas with flowers, presumably near woodland edges where host plants grow.

Diet Adults take nectar from flowers of herbaceous plants, and fly during the day. Caterpillars feed on Grapes, Peppervine and Virginia creeper.

Other — This moth is often mistaken for a butterfly because it flies during the day. It flies from February-May in Texas.


Eight-spotted Forester photos and information at:

iNaturalist
Project Noah
BugGuide.net
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Wikipedia
Google Images


Related Links on this site:

– All Moth Posts
– Butterflies Moths Index


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