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.