Creole Pearly Eye (Enodia creola)

The least common of North Carolina's three species of Enodia, Creole Pearly Eye can be found in Coastal Plain bottomland forests near stands of cane (Arundinaria spp.), our native bamboo. They can quickly be told from Southern Pearly Eye by antennal club color - mostly black instead of all orange. They can be separated from both Southern and Northern Pearly Eye by their taller forewings with five spots instead of four and by the "knuckle" shape of the median brown line on the underside of the forewing.

Male, Moore Co., NC 6/18/05.

Female, Robeson Co., NC 5/30/08.

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