Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Lucerne Moth
Nomophila nearctica Munroe, 1973

Family: Crambidae
Subfamily: Pyraustinae
Identification: Forewing narrow, rounded at tip, brown with fine grayish brown veins and streaks. Heaviest markings are large grayish brown orbicular, claviform, and reniform spots and curved midsection of pm. line. Hindwing lighter, unmarked.
Wing Span: 2.4-3.5 cm.
Life History: Sometimes migrates to the far north.
Flight: April-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wide variety of low plants such as celery, grasses, Polygonum species, and sweet clover.
Adult Food:
Range: Throughout eastern North America.
Management Needs:
Comments: Spelling of genus was changed from Nomophilia to Nomophila in 7/2009 as per Hugh McGuinness.
Alternate Scientific Names:
Nomophilia nearctica
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