Ctenucha virginica

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Ctenucha virginica, the Virginia ctenucha, is a moth of the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper in 1794.

Morphology

The wingspan ranges from 40–50 millimetres (1.6–2.0 in).[1] The wing color varies from black to olive brown. The body is a metallic blue green. The head is yellow orange, with feathery antennae. The caterpillar (about 20–25 mm) has multiple tufts of white and yellow hair.[2] It undergoes metamorphosis in May–August.

Range

It is endemic to eastern North America, from Newfoundland south to Virginia. According to the University of Alberta, there has been a westward expansion in the last 60 years as it has reached the Canadian Rockies and is now found in all Canadian provinces.[3]

Food plants

Larvae feed on a variety of host plants including various grasses, irises, and sedges. Adults drink nectar from flowers including goldenrod.[1]

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References

  1. ^ a b Cotinis (12 July 2020). "Species Ctenucha virginica - Virginia Ctenucha - Hodges#8262". BugGuide. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  2. ^ Patch, Edith (1921). A Meadow Caterpillar. University of Maine.
  3. ^ Schmidt, B. C. & Robinson, E. "Species Details Ctenucha virginica". University of Alberta Museums. E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum. Retrieved 10 November 2020.

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Ctenucha virginica: Brief Summary

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Ctenucha virginica, the Virginia ctenucha, is a moth of the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper in 1794.

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