Moth, Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Noctuidae (nok-TOO-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Alypia
Species: octomaculata


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Compton, Arkansas
Cord, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Starke, Florida
Loganville, Georgia
New Hartford, Iowa
Waverly, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Skowhegan, Maine
Bellmore, New York
Hillsdale, New York
Peru, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio (2 reports)
Fairfield, Ohio
Monroe, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Monessen, Pennsylvania
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Helotes, Texas
Houston, Texas
Little Elm, Texas
Watertown, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


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'