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Eight Spotted Forester Moth

Alypia octomaculata


The moth is black, with 2 whitish or yellowish spots in each wing. The wingspan is 30–37 mm.


Scrub sanctuary in Florida


Family: Noctuidae Subfamily: Agaristinae Identification: Forewing black with two pale yellow spots and inconspicuous metallic blue bands; hindwing black with white spots in basal and median areas; body black except for pale yellow tegulae and orange on front and middle legs. Wing Span: 3-3.7 cm. Life History: A common day-flier. Flight: One flight April - June in the north; two flights in the south with one August brood. Caterpillar Hosts: Grapes, Virginia creeper. Range: Maine and southern Quebec to Florida; west to South Dakota and Texas. NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery. Management Needs: Caterpillars can be a pest.

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James McNair
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James McNair

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.38, Long: -80.68

Spotted on Feb 23, 2019
Submitted on Feb 24, 2019

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