Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Buffalo Moth
Parapamea buffaloensis (Grote, 1877)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: forewing dark reddish-brown; basal and subterminal areas shaded with violet; AM and PM lines double, purple; basal, median, and ST lines single, brownish; orbicular and reniform spots filled with either ground color or white; hindwing light reddish-brown with thin dark median line.
Wing Span: 3.0-4.2 cm
Life History:
Flight: August to October; most common in September
Caterpillar Hosts: larvae bore into roots of Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus)
Adult Food:
Range: Wisconsin through Michigan and southern Ontario to New York, south to Florida, west to eastern Texas
Management Needs: