Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Mouralia tinctoides (Guenée, 1852)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Plusiinae
Wing Span: 3.4-4.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: August through April.
Caterpillar Hosts: Spiderworts including small-leaf spiderwort (Tradescantia fluminensis) and inchplant (T. zebrina)
Adult Food:
Range: Native populations from the southeast Unites States to Texas; apparently introduced to California before 1935.
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.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.