Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Raphia pallula (Hy. Edwards, 1886)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Dilobinae
Wing Span: 3.2-4.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: Early May to early August in the Northwest
Caterpillar Hosts:
Adult Food:
Habitat: Occurs at low to middle elevations in warm, dry regions. In the Pacific Northwest, it is mostly restricted to riparian habitats at low elevations east of the Cascades along creeks and rivers.
Range: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

Pollinator Week was June 20-26, 2022!

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.