#229 Eight-spotted Forester Moth (Alypia octomaculata)

19 October

A moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in the Eastern part of the United States, Texas and Florida. It is also present in parts of Canada and Mexico. The moth is black, with 2 whitish or yellowish spots in each wing.[1] The wingspan is 30–37 mm. The moth flies from April to June in one generation in the north. In the south it has a second generation, which flies in August.

Larvae feed on leaves of grape (Vitis spp.), peppervine (Ampelopsis spp.), and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Adults take nectar from flowers of herbaceous plants, and fly during the day. Adults emerge in early spring and lay eggs on hostplant in May and June; one generation per year in the north, or two in the south; overwinters as a pupa in the soil or in crevices of old wood

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