White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)

White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma)

The White-Marked Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) is a moth in the family Erebidae. The caterpillar is very common especially in late summer in eastern North America, extending as far west as Texas, California, and Alberta. Also found in Europe and Taiwan.

FW pattern and color are variable. Resembles Definite Tussock Moth but often is more uniformly gray or brown, usually with less obvious blackish streaks in outer ST area. Female is wingless.

Hosts: Various deciduous trees.

Note: Common

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False Hemlock Looper (Nepytia canosaria)

False Hemlock Looper (Nepytia canosaria)

Nepytia canosaria, the false hemlock looper, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found from Northeastern Alberta east to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, south through New England.

Peppery FW is variably white to dark gray, boldly marked with toothed black lines and veins. Black discal spot is conspicuous.

Hosts: Coniferous trees, including fir, hemlock, and spruce.

Note: Common

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Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens)

Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens)

The Soybean Looper (Chrysodeixis includens) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is known as Falso Medidor in north-eastern Mexico. It is found from Southern Quebec and Southern Ontario through the eastern and southern part of the United States to Central America and South America, the Antilles and the Galápagos Islands.

Grayish FW has a distinctly bronzy sheen. Typically has a blackish patch between stigma and PM line. Two-part silvery stigma has an inverted U-shaped inner part and a solid outer spot.

Hosts: Low plants and crops, including goldenrod, lettuce, soybean, and tobacco.

Note: Common

Soybean Looper

Morning-Glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

Morning-Glory Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla)

Morning-Glory Plume Moth is a moth of the family Pterophoridae. It is found in Europe, Japan, central Asia, North Africa and North America. The moths fly nearly year-round.

Peppery FW is pale gray to pinkish brown with a darker spot in the mouth of the notch. Pale abdomen has a dorsal row of tiny black dots. Wings are normally rolled tight at rest.

Hosts: Morning glory, lamb’s quarters, orach, smartweed, joe-pye weed.

Note: Common

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Maple Spanworm (Ennomos magnaria)

Maple Spanworm (Ennomos magnaria)

The Maple Spanworm Moth is a species of moth of the family Geometridae. It is found from coast to coast in southern Canada and the northern United States, south in the east to Florida and Louisiana and in the west to California.

Unevenly scalloped wings are pale orange, variably speckled and blotched brown. Rests with its wings raised about 45 degrees above the horizontal.

Hosts: Deciduous trees, including alder, basswood, maple, oak, and poplar.

Note: Common

Maple Spanworm

Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)

Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)

The Lucerne Moth is a moth of the Crambidae family. It is known from southern Canada and all of the United States, south to Mexico and the Neotropics.

When at rest, adults keep their wings overlapped and hugged against the abdomen, giving a long and narrow profile. The forewing is elongate, grayish-brown with two side-by-side dark oval spots near the middle of the wing, and another dark bilobed spot a little farther out. The hindwings are much broader. They are pale brownish-gray with a whitish fringe.

Adults are on wing from April to November in North America.

Hosts: Low plants, including alfalfa, celery, clover, and smartweed.

Note: Common

Lucerne Moth

Venerable Dart (Agrotis venerabilis)

Venerable Dart (Agrotis venerabilis)

The Venerable Dart (Agrotis venerabilis) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found from coast to coast from central Canada south to Mexico.

Straw-colored or brown FW has dark costal shading. Long claviform spot and reniform spot are blackish. Streaky orbicular spot is white.

Hosts: Low plants and crops, including alfalfa, chickweed, corn, tobacco, and tomato.

Note: Common

Venerable Dart

Yellow-Striped Armyworm (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

Yellow-Striped Armyworm (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

Pale grayish brown FW has complex pattern of whitish veins extending across median area. Slanting straw-colored orbicular spot converges toward reniform spot. ST area is accented with black dashes.

Adults are on wing from April to November depending on the location.

Hosts: The larvae feed on various plants, including alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, clover, corn, cotton, cucumber, hops, grape, grass, jimsonweed, morning glory, onion, pea, peach, peanut, sweet potato, swiss chard, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat, watermelon, wild onion, and most other plants with soft leaves.

Note: Common

Yellow-Striped Armyworm