Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Footpath Sallow
Metaxaglaea semitaria (Franclemont, 1968)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Forewing bright chestnut; median area sometimes slightly paler. Am. and pm. lines purple, scalloped; pm. line scallops darkest, at sharp points. Purple shading over am. and pm. lines and in median and st. areas. Spots faint, darker brown; purple in lower end of reniform spot blends into broad median shade line. Hindwing dark grayish brown with chestnut fringe.
Wing Span: 4-5.4 cm.
Life History: Larva eat unopened buds of blueberries. They can also be reared on crabapples, then oaks (catkins preferred).
Flight: Late September - early December.
Caterpillar Hosts: Blueberries.
Adult Food:
Range: New Hampshire to Florida, west to eastern Kentucky and Mississippi.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL