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