Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Agaristinae

Eudryas unio (Hübner 1831)

Common name: Pearly wood-nymph.

Hodges #: 9299.

Identification: Rfw 15 mm, hw yellow with broad, even marginal band; ventral surface yellow with black ordinary spots and fw outer marginal band showing through. Moth rests with extended tufted forelegs, moth resembles bird droppings.

Similar species: 7922, 9301.

Distribution: southern Canada, eastern U.S., southwestward to Utah.

Hosts: Ampelopsis sp. – woodbine, Vitis– grape, Epilobium– willow-herb/ fire-weed, and Humulus lupuus (L.)– Common hops.  Perhaps only the latter in North Dakota.


moth image

ND, Barnes/Ransom Co. line, Little Yellowstone Park.  20- VI- 2001 Hg/UV light, coll. P. Tinerella.


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Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

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