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.

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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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