Schizura unicornis, the unicorn caterpillar moth, unicorn prominent or variegated prominent, is a species of moth of the family Notodontidae. It is found in all of North America, except the arctic north. The wingspan is 24–35 mm. The forewings are dark grey, variably shaded and marked with yellowish, rose and brown. The hindwings are dirty white, shaded with grey in males and dark grey in females.Class: Insecta. UNICORNIS: from the Latin "unus" (one) + "cornu" (horn); the larva has a prominent fleshy "horn" projecting from the top of the first abdominal segment Numbers Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed eight species of the genus Schizura in America north of Mexico.
Butterflies and Moths of North America. collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera Sightings I verified Species I created Unidentifiable sightings. Unicorn Caterpillar Moth Schizura unicornis (J.E. Smith, 1797) Family: Notodontidae. Subfamily: Identification: Wing Span: Life History: Flight: Caterpillar Hosts: Adult Food: Habitat: Range. Adults Schizura unicornis is our smallest Schizura species (FW length 14–17 mm). It has a relatively short and stubby forewings with a prominent light reddish area at the outer margin and a fairly "busy" pattern of lines, streaks, and colorful mottling.
Schizura unicornis - (J.E. Smith, 1797) Unicorn Caterpillar Moth Other English Minimally a place where an adult or larva has be been verified associated with suitable habitat and foodplant. DATANA RANAECEPS also rarely is found out of habitat there even though its foodplant is much more widespread and this moth seems absent from. Schizura unicornis – Unicorn Caterpillar Moth. Hodges # 8007. Caterpillar foods: alder, apple, aspen, birch, elm, hawthorn, hickory, willow These moths usually rest with their wings rolled around their bodies. 7/13/2017 Larva eating birch leaf. 7/27/2017 Leaf shelter with pupating larva inside. 8/9/2017 Adult emerged and was released.
Adult moths are about 7⁄10 inch long and have a wingspan of 1 to 1–3/8 inches. The forewings are a mix of reddish to gray and brown. The hind wings are whitish to gray or pale brown. LIFE CYCLE. The redhumped caterpillar has four stages of development—egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult (moth). Moths emerge from pupae in April to May and mate.