Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris) Caterpillar

Banded Tussock Moth (Halysidota tessellaris) Caterpillar

Halysidota tessellaris, also called the Banded Tussock Moth, tessellated halisidota, and pale tiger moth, is in the family Erebidae. Like many related species, it has chemical defenses it acquires from its host plants, in this case, alkaloids, at least in adults.

Moth; pale tan FW has irregular pattern of slightly darker, black-edged bands. Thorax has turquoise and yellow dorsal stripes.

Hosts: Deciduous trees and shrubs, including alder, ash, birch, elm, oak, and willow.

Note: Common

Banded Tussock Moth


Lesser Wainscot (Mythimna oxygala)

Lesser Wainscot (Mythimna oxygala)

Mythimna oxygala, the lesser wainscot, is a species of cutworm or dart moth in the family Noctuidae. It is found in North America.

Pale yellow FW is evenly striated with thin brown lines between veins. Whitish streak extending through central median area diverges at black reniform dot. ST line is accented with two black dots.

Hosts: Grasses

Note: Common

Lesser Wainscot

Ipsilon Dart (Agrotis ipsilon)

Ipsilon Dart (Agrotis ipsilon)

Agrotis ipsilon, the dark sword-grass, black cutworm, greasy cutworm, or floodplain cutworm is a small noctuid moth found worldwide. The moth gets its scientific name from black markings on its forewings shaped like a letter “Y” and resembles the Greek letter upsilon.

Brownish FW has variable gray shading along costa and median area. Hollow claviform spot and teardrop-shaped orbicular spot are finely outlined black.

Hosts: Low plants crops, including bean, corn, potato, and tobacco.

Note: common

Ipsilon Dart

Bicolored Sallow (Sunira bicolorago)

Bicolored Sallow (Sunira bicolorago)

Peppery pale orange FW typically has wavy lines bordered with purplish bands. Scalloped PM line is accented with faint black dots along veins. Reniform spot has a blackish dot in inner half. Some individuals (bicolored) show dark shading across apical half of wing.

The Bicolored Sallow is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in the eastern half of the United States and Canada. The wingspan is 28–38 mm. Adults are on wing from August to December in the south and from September to November in the north.

Hosts: Deciduous trees and low plants, including cabbage, cherry, elm, maple, and tobacco.

Note: common

Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth

Celery Looper (Anagrapha falcifera)

Celery Looper (Anagrapha falcifera)

The celery looper is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found from Newfoundland, Labrador and Southern Canada to Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The wingspan is 35–40 mm.

Grayish brown FW has contrasting brown inner median area. Slanting silvery white stigma touches white-edged inner section of AM line.

Hosts: The larvae feed on beets, blueberries, clover, corn, lettuce, plantain, viburnum and other low plants.

Note: common

Celery Looper

Common Grass-Veneer (Crambus praefectellus)

Common Grass-Veneer (Crambus praefectellus)

Crambus praefectellus, the common grass-veneer or silver-striped webworm, is a moth of the Crambidae family described by Johann Leopold Theodor Friedrich Zincken in 1821. It is found in the United States and southern Canada east of the Rocky Mountains. The wingspan is 18–25 mm.

Shiny brown FW has pointed white streak that sometimes has a tiny spur projecting from inner edge.

Hosts: Grasses and cereal grains.

Note: common

Common Grass-Veneer

Sparganothis Fruitworm (Sparganothis sulphureana)

Sparganothis Fruitworm (Sparganothis sulphureana)

The sparganothis fruitworm moth or blueberry leafroller is a species of moth of the Tortricidae family. It is found in most of eastern North America and on Cuba. The wingspan is 10–20 mm.

Yellow FW is overlaid with a faint network of orange scales. Reddish AM and PM lines merge at inner margin, forming a V-shape.

Hosts: Various trees and plants, including apple, clover, corn, cranberry, pine, and willow.

Note: common


Hawaiian Beet Webworm (Spoladea recurvalis)

Hawaiian Beet Webworm (Spoladea recurvalis)

Spoladea recurvalis, the Hawaiian Beet Webworm, is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It is found worldwide, but mainly in the tropics. The wingspan is 22–24 mm. The moth flies from May to September depending on the location.

Brown FW has white median band ending with a point before reaching costa. Subapical patch is white. HW is marked with a broad median band.

Hosts: The larvae feed on spinach, beet, cotton, maize and soybean.

Note: common