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Virginia ctenucha

Ctenucha virginica


this moth was flying during the day, wingspan ranges from 30–50 millimetres (1.2–2.0 in)


meadow, shrubs. endemic to eastern North America, but has expanded its range westward


I spotted this at Short Hills flying around some large dogwoods. Finally it landed low enough and near the trail that I could get really close.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks alexdk. Carol, seems like we are finding a lot of the same stuff! Very cool that yours was the first spot. They are large and different that they fly during the day.

alexdk 11 years ago

Wow! beautiful colours!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

I found this too Dan and my spot was the first in my county in PA. I love the metallic blue. They are fairly large.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Yeah, it's pretty cool when that happens....grin.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks Isabella and Gordon. Isn't it great when it works out that way Gordon? It's happened to me before on Noah, most recently a few weeks ago with the six spotted tiger beetle.

IsabellaFiers 11 years ago

Wonderful moth !!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Dan, I just got one of these a few days ago. Your spotting will save me a bunch of work looking it up. Thanks...grin! Nice photo! Always enjoy your stuff....

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 3, 2012

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