Schizura ipomoeae

Schizura ipomoeae, the morning-glory prominent moth or false unicorn caterpillar, is a moth of the family Notodontidae. The species was first described by Edward Doubleday in 1841.[1][2] It is found in the United States and southern Canada.[3]

Schizura ipomoeae
Schizura ipomoeae – Morning-glory Prominent Moth.jpg
Scientific classification
S. ipomoeae
Binomial name
Schizura ipomoeae
Doubleday, 1841
  • Schizura ipomaeae
  • Coelodasys biguttata Packard, 1864
  • Coelodasys cinereofrons Packard, 1864
  • Drymonia confusa Walker, 1865
  • Heterocampa ducens Walker, 1865
  • Heterocampa corticea Walker, 1865
  • Heterocampa compta Walker, 1865
  • Heterocampa nigrosignata Walker, 1865
  • Heterocampa ustipennis Walker, 1865
  • Coelodasys telifer Grote, 1880

The wingspan is 36–47 mm. The forewings are highly variable in colour but usually greyish brown with a pattern of black streaks and spots. The hindwings are dirty white in males and dark grey in females. Adults are on wing from April to September in the south and from June to August in the north. There is one generation per year in the north.

The larvae feed on the leaves of various woody plants, including Fagus, Betula, Ulmus, Acer, Ipomoea, Quercus, Hamamelis, and Rosa species. Larvae can be found from May to October. The species overwinters in the pupal stage.


There are a number of described forms.[4]



  1. ^ Savela, Markku, ed. (July 26, 2019). "Schizura ipomaeae Doubleday, 1841". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "930098.00 – 8005 – Schizura ipomaeae – Morning-glory Prominent – Doubleday, 1841". North American Moth Photographers Group. Mississippi State University. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Balaban, John and Jane (September 3, 2017). "Species Schizura ipomaeae - Morning-glory Prominent - Hodges#8005". BugGuide. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  4. ^ Robinson, E. & Anweiler, G. G. (September 2004). "Species Details Schizura ipomoeae". University of Alberta Museums. E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum. Retrieved November 10, 2020.