Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Bean-lead Skeletonizer
Autoplusia egena (Guenée, 1852)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Plusiinae
Identification: Ground light brown, dark reddish-brown with coppery iridescence between AM & PM ● Coppery iridescent patch below PM, both extending to apex ● Orbicular spot, ovate and reniform oblong, faint ● ST black, bidentate ● HW dull fuscous, lighter basally.
Wing Span: 3.4-4.0 cm
Life History:
Flight: Multivoltine, with adults flying all year
Caterpillar Hosts: This polyphagous species can find suitable host plants at different times of the year, including hollyhock, celery, carrot, larkspur, soybean, mallows, marigold, spearmint, groundsel and verbena.
Adult Food:
Habitat: This tropical, non-diapausing species occurrs in North America, where the climate is appropriate for continuing generations. In warm seasons it migrates into the California Central Valley, producing several generations before colder weather arrives.
Range: Florida, New Mexico, California, possibily Texas and Arizona (unconfirmed), and south to tropics
Management Needs:

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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.

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.