There are over 160,000 species of moths in the United States. Moths are a group of insects that are related to butterflies. They belong to the Lepidoptera order. There are more than 54 moth species documented in Georgia.
In this series, we will discuss the following moths:
- Abbott’s Sphinx Moth
- Abbreviated Button Slug
- Eight-Spotted Forester Moth
- Indianmeal Moth
- Luna Moth
- Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth
Eight-Spotted Forester Moth
Because of the eight large white patches on the back of the wings of the Eight-spotted Forester Moth, it is pretty easy to identify. Add to it bright orange-red leg hairs, and they become even more easy to notice.
This moth loves to fly around during the day around flowers, so it is often mistaken for a butterfly. It is found close to forests and woodlands.
Here is the classification breakdown:
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Adult length .62 inches to 1.44 inches
Black, white, orange, red and yellow
Dots, 8, patches, flying
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 the front and middle legs.
They have orange bands at each segment. Black dots cover their orange parts of the body. Alternating thin black and white bands fill the space between the orange ones. Thin white whiskers sparsely extend from head to the rear.
One flight during April – June in the north. Two flights in the south with one August brood. The wingspan is 3 to 3.7 cm.
Maine and southern Quebec to Florida. West to South Dakota and Texas.
They feed on the leaves of various vine plants, including grapevines, pepper vines, and creepers. Adults are believed to drink nectar from a variety of flowering plants.
Favorite host plants of the caterpillar are Virginia Creeper, Japanese Creeper and members of the grape family.
Females lay fertilized eggs in early summer. In warmer states, two broods are produced each year. A second wave comes in August. Late season pupae overwinter inside cracks of logs. Cooler states and provinces produce only one generation a year.
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