Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Eight-spotted Forester
Alypia octomaculata (Fabricius, 1775)


Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Agaristinae
Identification: 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 front and middle legs.
Wing Span: 3-3.7 cm.
Life History: A common day-flier.
Flight: One flight April - June in the north; two flights in the south with one August brood.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grapes, Virginia creeper.
Adult Food: NULL
Habitat: NULL
Range: Maine and southern Quebec to Florida; west to South Dakota and Texas.
Conservation: NULL
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Caterpillars can be a pest.
Comments: NULL