Enodia anthedon

Anthedon enodia

Enodia Anthedon is a butterfly ( butterfly ) of the family Nymphalidae ( Nymphalidae ).

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The wingspan of the moth is 45-67 mm. Front and rear wings have on top and bottom of a brown color. You are provided with some black, yellow rimmed eyespots that are cored white on the bottom and run along the front wings in a straight line.

Egg, caterpillar, pupa

The egg has a greenish- white color.

Full-grown caterpillars are greenish, equipped with a dark dorsal line and yellow side stripes. At the end of the body there are two pale pink lace. The green head has two reddish horn-like thickenings.

The Stürzpuppe is yellow-green to blue-green.

Similar Species

Enodia portlandia differs primarily by the broad whitish rim of the eye spots on the underside of the hind wings. A similarity also exists to yellow ring butterfly ( Lopinga achine ), which, however, is found in Europe and parts of Asia. Thus, there is no geographical overlap to Enodia Anthedon.

Distribution and occurrence

The distribution area of the nominate Enodia Anthedon Anthedon extends from the middle of the United States towards the east to Nova Scotia, in the south to Alabama and Mississippi. In Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Maine the subspecies Enodia Anthedon borealis occurs.

Enodia Anthedon preferred populated shady forests.

Way of life

The moths fly in the northern part of its range in one generation from late July to late August, sometimes even up to the beginning of September, further south in two generations from late May to late September. You like to suck on wet Erdstellen, carrion, fungi, or excrement, but not to flowers. The caterpillars feed on grasses, for example, of reed canary grass ( Phalaris arundinacea ), Leersia virginica, Brachyelytrum erectum, Chasmanthium latifolium, Schizachne purpurascens or saccarum species. The species overwinters in the third and fourth larval instar.