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Beautiful Wood Nymph Moth (Eudryas grata)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Bridgeport, Connecticut
East Hampton, Connecticut
Cornelia, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Waddy, Kentucky
Oakland, Maryland
Battle Creek, Michigan
Whitefield, New Hampshire
Fairport, New York
Mocksville, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
College Station, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 7, 2019, Sharongavin from Waddy, KY wrote:

I saw a Wood Nymph Moth lounging on my chair last week in Waddy, Kentucky. Lovely.


On Jul 8, 2017, jfeltenberger from Asheville, NC wrote:

My daughter and I discovered this moth on our kitchen counter. She thinks it has cool legs! I concur! - Asheville, NC


On Jun 13, 2017, Waycoolmom1 from Mocksville, NC wrote:

Seen parked on a potato plant leaf on the evening of June 12th, 2017, in a small garden in central NC. Very distinctive looking moth.


On May 5, 2010, holysmack03 from College Station, TX wrote:

Upon further inspection I believe that the moth I found (Texas region) is Eudryas unio, Pearly Wood Nymph. It is a bit difficult to tell with out a hand lens to get a close enough look at the wing margins.


On Jul 23, 2009, sdfurman from East Hampton, CT wrote:

I found this gorgeous creature on my porch after midnight last night. We are located 17 miles up the Connecticut River from Long Island Sound within the CT. River Valley, along its eastern side in a very rural area.


On Jul 8, 2009, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:

Found one individual on an American Chestnut tree, Appeared to be about one inch long. Feelers looked like silver metallic. What a surprising find in our garden next to the Erie Canal in upstate NY.


On Jul 2, 2007, BFmomofsix from Shelbyville, IN wrote:

Great pictures! We found two different ones in two days at our home in the country in Indiana. One was much larger than the other.


On Jun 6, 2007, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Adults fly from May to Sept throughout Eastern north America.

The species name...'grata' means 'acceptable' in Latin. A beautiful little moth about an inch long.


On Jan 21, 2007, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Host plants include Ampelopsis, buttonbush, grapes, hops, and Virginia creeper.

Two generations in the south, one in the north.