Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Obelisk Dart Moth
Euxoa obeliscoides (Guenée, 1852)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Forewing with dirty white strip along costa from base to reniform spot; an adjacent black strip provides a contrasting background for the large pale yellowish reniform and orbicular spots; claviform spot cone-shaped, dark gray; medium gray triangular area along inner margin tapers from base to near anal angle; subterminal area pale gray (or reddish-brown in female [?]); terminal band medium gray with jagged inner margin and slightly paler patch at apex; top of thorax with large pale central patch surrounded by darker area. Hindwing white with diffuse gray terminal band (or solid brownish-gray, slightly darker distally in female
Wing Span: 2.8-3.6 cm
Life History:
Flight: July to September
Caterpillar Hosts: Unknown
Adult Food:
Habitat: Sandy pine forest, dry aspen parkland, riparian cottonwood stands
Range: British Columbia to Quebec and Maine, south in the east to New England and Illinois, south in the west to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL