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VIRGINIA CTENUCHA MOTH
The Virginia ctenucha moth, a day-flying moth, is quite common in New England. During its larval stage the spiky caterpillar feeds primarily on grasses, irises and sedges. The wings of these mating ctenucha moths are covering the most impressive part of their bodies – their metallic blue abdomens. As is typical with moths, the male, on the left, has more elaborate antennae than the female ( it uses them to detect the female’s pheromones).