On Jun 16, 2007, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Often mistaken for a butterfly because it flies during the day and visits nectar flowers. I thought it was a butterfly, and searched for some time before deciding to take a glance at the moth species.
Host plants for the larvae are Virginia Creeper, Peppervine and grapevines. Adults take nectar from herbaceous plants. I found this one on my Oregano, which it seemed to be enjoying with gusto.
Adults emerge in spring through early summer, with one generation in it's northern range of Newfoundland to Sascatchewan, and two generations in the southern areas...south to TX and FL
'Octomaculata' means 'eight spotted'