Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
Acontia cretata (Grote & Robinson, 1870)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acontiinae
Identification: Forewing mostly white basally, and dark green to blackish beyond PM line; amount of pearl-gray shading in basal half varies from almost none to almost complete; reniform spot either white or dark, bordered by pale yellowish-green shading on one or both sides; fringe scales usually white along lower half of outer margin, and dark along upper half; hindwing white, shading to brownish-gray at outer margin; fringe white.
Wing Span: 2.2-2.7 cm
Life History:
Flight: April to September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Unknown
Adult Food:
Range: Widespread throughout southern and central United States, as far north as extreme southern Saskatchewan, Canada and south into Mexico.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

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Butterflies and moths are accidental pollinators of many flowering plants. While most species do not have special structures to carry pollen, they do brush against pollen and transfer it to other flowers.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.