Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Yellow-headed Cutworm Moth
Apamea amputatrix (Fitch, 1857)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Median area of forewing deep crimson. Basal and st. areas greenish to whitish gray and warm brown. Note the 2 white dots at lower end of reniform spot. Hindwing yellowish, grayish brown at margin. Melanic specimens are deep iridescent chocolate brown.
Wing Span: 4.4-5 cm.
Life History: Larva (Yellow-headed Cutworm) damages many crops.
Flight: June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cabbage, corn, currants, grasses, lettuce, roses, wheat, and young trees (often fruit trees).
Adult Food:
Range: Labrador to North Carolina mountains, west across southern Canada, south to Missouri.
Management Needs:
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