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Ilia Underwing Moth Caterpillar

The oak-eating Ilia Underwing blends effortlessly into the lichen-covered bark of the trees it feeds on.


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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Catocala
Species: ilia

Caterpillar Details

Other Names:
adult:The Wife, Beloved Underwing

The Ilia Underwing Moth Caterpillar becomes the Ilia Underwing, or The Wife.

0.0 " to 2.5 " (1mm to 65mm)

bumpy, long, coarse, diamond back, olive, green, brown, patchy, mottled, short hairs, light face, pattern
Image Credit: Alex -icycatelf- Bowen
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Adult Form (Ilia Underwing, or The Wife)
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Ilia Underwing Moth Caterpillar Diet


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Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico.
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The map above showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Ilia Underwing Moth Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.*NOTE: States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Ilia Underwing Moth Caterpillar. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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