In Accordance With Entomological Nomenclature:
Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth ( Eudryas grata )
Identification: Edge between the white area on forewing and brown band is not scalloped; brown border of hindwing does not reach apex. Larger than Eudryas unio.Wing Span: 3.5 - 4.6 cmLife History: These moths roll up their wings at rest, creating a pattern that looks like bird droppings.Flight: One flight from May to August in the north, two flights in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ampelopsis, buttonbush, grapes, hops, Virginia creeper.
Eudryas grata is a moth known as the beautiful wood nymph. The caterpillars are known to feed on the Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).
Eudryas grata adult
Adult is visually comparable to bird droppings, presumably beneficial for camouflage. Fore-wings are largely white in colour, with accents of golden brown and copper brown (see image for typical patterning). Black head and antennae, with a black dorsal stripe continuing down to the upper abdomen. Abdomen and hind-wings are largely yellowish/cream in colour. When at rest, it's forelimbs typically sit prominently forward; these forelimbs appear thick and fluffy (though the tips are bare), making its appearance reminiscent of a sloth hanging from a tree.
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