Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Roadside Sallow
Metaxaglaea viatica (Grote, 1874)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Nearly identical to Metaxaglaea semitaria (Footpath Sallow), but duller brown. Male genitalia have long, curved terminal spine on valve (visible by brushing tip of abdomen and observing under magnification); spine of Footpath Sallow is short and broad.
Wing Span:
Life History:
Flight: September - January.
Caterpillar Hosts: Apple, crabapples, mountain ash, and some Prunus species.
Adult Food:
Range: Southern Maine to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL