Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Streaked Hooded Owlet Moth
Cucullia strigata (Smith, 1892)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Cuculliinae
Identification: Forewing medium gray with fine black streaks along veins in subterminal area, and two distinct sets of streaks along inner margin; reniform and orbicular spots light gray, faint but noticeable against ground color; fringe with whitish triangular spots resembling pale pointed tips of feathers, interspersed by areas of darker scales; hindwing uniformly brownish-gray except for dark gray veins and mostly whitish fringe
Wing Span: 4.5-5.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: April and May.
Caterpillar Hosts:
Adult Food:
Habitat: Frequents dry meadows and other open areas.
Range: primarily a species of the Pacific Northwest and the Great Basin. It occurs in Utah and western Colorado, Oregon, north through Washington, British Columbia, and as far north as the southern most extension of Alaska. These Alaskan specimens were the basis of the name ketchikana and are darker than typical strigata. The southernmost extension of the species is along the Mogollon Rim at Sedona in north-central Arizona.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.
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