Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Henry's Marsh Moth
Simyra insularis (Herrich-Schaffer, 1868)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Acronictinae
Identification: Forewing narrow and pointed; white with brown filling between veins. Forewing looks tan overall. Three dark brown streaks extend inward from outer margin, shortest streak near apex. Hindwing pure white without markings.
Wing Span: 3.5-4 cm.
Life History: 2 or more broods.
Flight: April-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Cattails, grasses, poplars, sedges, and willows.
Adult Food:
Management Needs:
Comments: Was Simyra henrici (Grote, 1873); changed at request of Phil Koenig in Oct 2008

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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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