Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth
Ponometia candefacta (Hübner, 1831)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acontiinae
Identification: Forewing white near base and along costa; gray and yellowish mottling fills most of median and st. areas, creating an olive green effect. Note dark grayish bar perpendicular to inner margin. Look for tiny black orbicular dot; reniform spot usually round, outlined with white. Hindwing grayish brown with white fringe.
Wing Span: 1.8-2.2 cm.
Life History:
Flight: April-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ragweed.
Adult Food:
Range: Common throughout eastern North America.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
Alternate Scientific Names:
Tarachidia candefacta