Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Rustic Quaker
Orthodes majuscula Herrich-Schäffer, 1868

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Hadeninae
Identification: Forewing gray to brown. Black triangle in middle of collar. Forewing lines sharp, yellowish; pm. line bends toward costa on vein M(1); black dots on veins just beyond it. Orbicular and reniform spots large, often touching. Hindwing dark grayish brown.
Wing Span: 2.8-3.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wide variety, including dandelion, grasses, and willows.
Adult Food:
Range: Throughout eastern North America.
Management Needs:
Comments: Species name changed from crenulata to majuscula 8/2009 as per Hugh McGuinness.
Alternate Scientific Names:
Orthodes crenulata

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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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