Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Beet Armyworm Moth
Spodoptera exigua (Hubner, [1808])

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Amphipyrinae
Identification: Forewing gray with inconspicuous gray or white markings. Note round, white orbicular spot with gray dot in the center. Hindwing translucent white with gray veins and shading at outer margin.
Wing Span: 2.5-2.9 cm.
Life History: Larva is a pest on many plants, including apple, beans, beets, corn, lettuce, peas, potato, and tomato. Adults emerge during any warm period in the southern United States.
Flight: September-October northward.
Caterpillar Hosts: Apple, beans, beets, corn, lettuce, peas, potato, and tomato.
Adult Food:
Range: Maine to Florida, west to Nebraska and Texas.
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL
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