Butterflies and Moths of North America

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American Angle Shades
Euplexia benesimilis McDunnough, 1922

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Amphipyrinae
Identification: Forewing angled and brown with blackish brown shading in basal and median areas. Lines black, inconspicuous; wide, light brown band beyond pm. line. Reniform spot white with yellowish filling in middle, brown at top and bottom. Hindwing grayish brown with darker median line and shading beyond it.
Wing Span: 2.8-3.6 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-August. Two broods.
Caterpillar Hosts: A wide variety of plants, including alders, asters, ferns, huckleberries, sunflowers, trilliums, and willows.
Adult Food:
Range: Newfoundland to North Carolina, west through southern Canada, south to northern Arkansas.
Management Needs:
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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.

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