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Beautiful wood nymph moth

A beautful wood nymph moth
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
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A beautful wood nymph moth

Eudryas grata is a moth known as the beautiful wood nymph. They are known for their mimicry of bird droppings. Found in abundance, predominantly across the entire eastern United States. Hosts for the caterpillar include Ampelopsis, buttonbush, grapes, hops, and Virginia creeper.

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