Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Microhelia angelica (Smith, 1900)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Heliothentinae
Identification: see http://pnwmoths.biol.wwu.edu/browse/family-noctuidae/subfamily-heliothinae/microhelia/microhelia-angelica/
Wing Span: 0.8-1.2 cm
Life History:
Flight: Spring and early summer
Caterpillar Hosts: Flowers and seedheads of Lagophylla ramosissima and possibly also on other species in this genus (Asteraceae).
Adult Food:
Range: The foothill regions surrounding the Columbia Basin in Oregon and Washington. It has also been found in the southern Cascade Range in Oregon, extending south through California.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

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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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