Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Metaponpneumata Moth
Metaponpneumata rogenhoferi (Möschler, 1890)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Amphipyrinae
Identification: Forewing brownish-gray with irregular, wavy AM and PM lines; reniform spot pale, notched or broadly V-shaped, with black outline; dark shading in median area, sometimes continuing beyond reniform spot; short apical dash continues into fringe; terminal line dashed; hindwing yellowish-gray with white fringe.
Wing Span: 2.0-2.4 cm
Life History:
Flight: May to June and August to September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Corn and sorghum, and probably other herbaceous plants.
Adult Food:
Range: Southern California to central Texas, south to Venezuela.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

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