Virginia Ctenucha

Ctenucha virginica

The Virginia Ctenucha is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is endemic to eastern North America, but has expanded its range westward. It inhabits wet meadows and open spaces with bushes from North Carolina to Canada east of the Rocky Mountains.

The wingspan ranges from 30–50 millimeters. 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 has multiple tufts of white and yellow hair. It feeds mostly on grasses and undergoes metamorphosis from May to August. Adults feed primarily on nectar in daylight.

The larvae feed on various grasses, irises, and sedges.

The larva's hair color may vary according to the season for thermoregulation purposes, from black in the early spring (to absorb solar radiation) to yellowish in summer (to reflect the sun's rays).
Ctenucha virginica larva Ctenucha virginica (Virginia Ctenucha) larva (pale form) in a wetland with host plants including Sedge (Carex lacustris and other species) and Wild Iris (Iris versicolor). Ctenucha virginica,Ctenucha virginica larva,Geotagged,Iris versicolor,Spring,United States,Virginia Ctenucha,Wisconsin,carex,sedge,wetlands

Naming

Ctenucha virginica Esper, 1794
Ctenucha latreillana Kirby, 1837
Sphinx virginica, Charpentier, 1830
Virginia Ctenucha Moth  Canada,Ctenucha virginica,Geotagged,Mother Nature,Spring,Virginia Ctenucha,beauty,black,blue,butterfly,life,macro,orange

Distribution

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.

Labrador and Newfoundland to Virginia, west to Utah, north to British Columbia (has expanded westward greatly since 1950, and now occurs in every Canadian province).
Ctenucha virginica larva Ctenucha virginica larva in a temporarily flooded pool. I did rescue this insect and several of its cohorts and placed them on dry ground in the sun. Ctenucha virginica,Ctenucha virginica larva,Geotagged,Spring,United States,Virginia Ctenucha,caterpillar,moth larva

Habitat

Adults fly by day but also by night and can be attracted to lights.
Orange and metallic blue moth! This colorful critter is a Virginia Ctenucha moth (Ctenucha virginica) posing nicely on the flower of chives (Allium schoenoprasum). Ctenucha virginica,Geotagged,United States,Virginia Ctenucha

Reproduction

Two generations per year; overwinters as a larva beneath leaf litter/matted grasses.
Virginia Ctenucha - Ctenucha virginica Habitat: This guy had the perfect daytime resting spot hiding in the vegetation of a garden Ctenucha,Ctenucha virginica,Geotagged,Summer,United States,Virginia Ctenucha,moth

Food

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

References:

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https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Ctenucha_virginica
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ctenucha_virginica
http://www.westmichiganflorafauna.org/index.php/component/content/article/9-uncategorised/882-ctenucha-moth-ctenucha-virginica
https://bugguide.net/node/view/7773
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8262
https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Ctenucha-virginica
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyErebidae
GenusCtenucha
SpeciesC. virginica