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Cotton cutworm moth

Spodoptera ornithogalli


This cutworm moth flew out, from where I was watering the plants, on to the magnolia tree. The wingspan of the adult moth is 32–44 mm, mine being about 35 mm wingspan. The moth has very detailed and beautiful designs despite it's hungry appetite as caterpillars The larvae feed on various plants, including alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, clover, corn, cotton, cucumber, hops, grape, grass, jimsonweed, morning glory, onion, pea, peach, peanut, sweet potato, swiss chard, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat, watermelon, wild onion, and most other plants with soft leaves.


In my garden, Fort Worth, Texas.


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Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Spotted on Jul 18, 2020
Submitted on Jul 20, 2020

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