Species of the Week: The Virginia Ctenucha

The Virginia Ctenucha (Ctenucha virginica), a species of moth, is this week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek! With its black wings, metallic blue body, and orange head, the Virginia Ctenucha is certainly a sight to behold. However, the name (the leading ‘C’ in Ctenucha is silent) is misleading, as it is most abundant in the Northern United States and Southern Canada, as opposed to Virginia. Two generations of this moth occur each year during the months of May and July. The adults drink nectar from flowers and are therefore most commonly found in flowery fields. As a pollinator, this and many other species of diurnal moths, are important pollinators. This little guy was found close to our very own Lally Homestead.

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