Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Small Bird-dropping Moth
Ponometia erastrioides (Guenée, 1852)


Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acontiinae
Identification: Forewing white with blackish markings; no olive green effect as in P. candefacta. Large blackish patch does not reach apex. Look for a tiny black orbicular dot; reniform spot obscured by mottling. Hindwing whitish with grayish brown shading.
Wing Span: 1.6-2 cm.
Life History:
Flight: May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ragweed.
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: Maine and southern Quebec to northern Florida, west to Minnesota, Nebraska, and Texas.
Conservation:
NCGR:
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
Alternate Scientific Names:
Tarachidia erastrioides

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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.

Did you know? The Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas) flies close to the ground and uses its short proboscis to probe flowers of wild strawberry, white sweet clover, and other low-lying plants.