Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Black-banded Owlet Moth
Phalaenostola larentioides Grote, 1873

Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Herminiinae
Identification: Forewing and hindwing dark violet gray, sometimes reddish brown. Blackish am. and pm. lines fine, wavy; blackish median and st. bands broad. Look for fine white edging beyond st. band.
Wing Span: 1.7-2.4 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bluegrass, clover, dead grass, and leaves.
Adult Food:
Range: Maine and Quebec to Florida, west to Kansas and Arkansas.
Management Needs:
Comments: Species name was changed from laurentioides to larentioides in 7/2009 as per Hugh McGuinness.