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Identification: Easily recognized by the even, deep yellow band on hindwing. Forewing usually brownish gray; note pale band connecting whitish subreniform spot to costa. Forewing darker brown in melanic form "ruperti" Franc.
Wing Span: 6.4-8.1 cm.
Caterpillar Hosts: American basswood.
Range: Nova Scotia to North Carolina, west to Manitoba, South Dakota, and Missouri.
Conservation: Common wherever basswood is plentiful.
Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!
Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.
Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.
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