Lepidoptera Sciaphila Octomaculana Moth

Our single example of the family Sciaphilida is the species Octomaculana, which, though not very abundant, is widely distributed, and moderately common in parts.

Octomaculana Moths Fig. 230.-Octomaculana-Enlarged.

Its fore wings are white, dusted with grey, and each is marked with four dark grey patches which have given rise to its specific name-a word which signifies ‘eight-spotted.’ The hind wings are grey.

The caterpillar feeds on thistles and other plants, and the moth flies from August to October.