Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1362077

Yellow-headed Cutworm Moth
Apamea amputatrix

Observation date: July 04, 2023
Submitted by: Racetall
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: A humid threatening-rain day, this was in the early afternoon so I was surprised to see it still on the side of my house. It did not seem concerned about my finger near it but when I came back out 20 minutes later, it was gone. Area around house is forest (beech, oak, birch). It has 'horns' or bumps on its back which makes me wonder if this is really an apamea amputatrix.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Sue Gregoire
Verified date: July 04, 2023
Coordinator notes: The tufts are normal and a good clue for Apamea amputatrix.
Checklist region(s): United States, Maine, Waldo County