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Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Enodia
Species: anthedon


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
Rock Falls, Illinois
Skowhegan, Maine
Glouster, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma

Members' Notes:


On Aug 12, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 1 3/4 - 2 5/8 inches (4.5 - 6.7 cm).

Identification: Antennal clubs are black. Upperside is brown with dark eyespots. Underside is brown; submarginal row of 4 black spots on forewing is straight and the dark line inside it is sinuous. Spots are not surrounded by diffuse white.

Life history: Males perch on tree trunks or vegetation up to 10 feet above ground at edges of clearings to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly on the host plant; third- and fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.

Flight: One brood in the north from June-August, two broods in the south from May-September.

Caterpillar hosts: Various grasses including white grass (Leersia virginica), bearded shorthusk (Brachyelytrum erectum), plumegrass (Erianthus), ... read more