Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Velvet Armyworm Moth
Spodoptera latifascia (Walker, 1856)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Wing Span: 4.2 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: larvae feed on leaves of low plants and garden crops such as tomato and eggplant
Adult Food:
Range: southern United States to Central America
Management Needs:

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.