Ctenucha virginica

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Virginia ctenucha
Ctenucha virginica, Ottawa.jpg
Adult
Virginia Ctenucha (Ctenucha virginica) Larva- Guelph, Ontario 02.jpg
Larva
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Ctenucha
Species: C. virginica
Binomial name
Ctenucha virginica
Esper, 1794
Synonyms
  • Sphinx virginica
  • Ctenucha latreillana

Ctenucha virginica, the Virginia ctenucha, is a moth of the family Erebidae. 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. It undergoes metamorphosis in May–August.

Range[edit]

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 is has reached the Canadian rockies and is now found in all Canadian provinces.[2]

Food plants[edit]

Larvae feed on a variety of host plants including various grasses, irises, and sedges. Adults drink nectar from flowers including goldenrod.[3]

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Similar species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bugguide". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "U of Alberta Species page - Ctenucha virginica". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bugguide". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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