Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Sweetgum Leafroller Moth
Sciota uvinella (Ragonot, 1887)

Family: Pyralidae
Subfamily: Phycitinae
Identification: Forewing a mix of pale gray, dull reddish-brown, and dark gray to blackish bands; double dark discal spot in median area; terminal line a series of dark dashes; fringe pale gray; hindwing light brownish-gray with pale gray fringe
Wing Span:
Life History:
Flight: April to September
Caterpillar Hosts: Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Adult Food:
Range: eastern United States: New Jersey to Florida, west to Texas and at least Kentucky
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.

Pollinator Week is 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.