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Identification: Geographically variable. Wings are brown. Upperside of forewing has 2 large yellow-ringed eyespots. Lowerside of hindwing has a variable number of small eyespots. Southern and coastal butterflies are larger and have a yellow or yellow-orange patch on the outer part of the forewing. Inland butterflies are smaller and have the yellow forewing patch reduced or absent. Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm). Life History: Males patrol for females with a dipping flight through the vegetation. In late summer, females lay eggs singly on host plant leaves. Caterpillars hatch but do not feed, instead hibernating until spring. Flight: One brood from late May-October. Females emerge later than males. Caterpillar Hosts: Purpletop (Tridens flavus) and other grasses. Adult Food: Rotting fruit, flower nectar. Habitat: Large, sunny, grassy areas including prairies, open meadows, bogs, and old fields. Range: Southern Canada and the continental United States except for most of the Southwest and Texas, southern peninsular Florida, and northern Maine.
On my front porch.
Spotted on Jul 28, 2012
Submitted on Jul 28, 2012
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Thanks, Mark! :)
I had never seen one like him before, Carla. He was so pretty, I hated to see him fly away!! :)
I thought this was a snail at first. I guess thats the idea!
Interesting, Ashish! Thank you!
Very alike Chinese Character Moth.
I think so too!! ;)
What an impressive presence!
Thank you, Alice...for some reason, I am just now seeing your comment.