Beautiful Wood-Nymph, a very odd insect
Here at Holistic Pest we like to protect the environment and learning about the creatures within it is a topic that interest us. One bug that likes to camouflage itself may have been seen by people but was not recognized as a living thing. The Eudryas grata, known as the Beautiful Wood-Nymph is an interesting moth. This moth is known to disguise itself as bird poop when it folds their wings. When their wings open, they reveal a fluffy white moth that is white, brown, and yellow. Their coloring can only be explained as being there just for the camouflage since the pattern is unusual for a moth but quite normal for poop.
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Looking like the feces of another animal is sure fire way to get predators to pass it by and the moth seems to be aware. They spread their legs out to create a splattered look to further enforcer the disguise. These moths are found in forest, meadows, and gardens mostly on the eastern half of North America. They feed on Virginia creepers and grapevines as caterpillars but don’t eat as moths. They fly during the day and their only goal is to reproduce.
Here at Holistic Pest Solutions, we love science and all of the oddities it provides. If you suspect that you have a pest problem in or near your home, Holistic Pest Solutions can provide you with a free assessment, suggestions, and treatment for long term control. Give us a call at 434 842 1700. Whether you’re in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, or close by to either; Holistic Pest Solutions has the perfect plan that is mindful of our clients AND our Earth.
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