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Dingy cutworm moth

Feltia jaculifera


Tan, black, white, about 1.5cm long Adult An adults wingspan is 30 to 40mm in length. The forewing is dark gray to black with a white, gray and tan pattern of streaks. The M3 and CU1 veins have white-lines that extend from the bottom corner to the outer margin. These lines form a distinctive W-shape where they meet the subterminal line. Larvae The caterpillars of this species have a light gray dorsal surface and have four black dots on the dorsal surface of each abdominal segment. The ventral surface is pale yellow. The larvae feed upon more than forty different species of plants including but not limited to; Alfalfa, Aster, Blueberry, Chickweed, Clover, Corn, Dock, Flax, Goldenrod, miscellaneous garden vegetables, Grasses, Mullein, Oats, Raspberry, Rye, Tobacco, and Wheat.


Adults are seen flying from July to November and the larvae overwinter and emerge in the spring. They can be seen flying in many areas including fields, gardens, waste areas. Adults are nocturnal and often come to lights. In more arid areas adults can be found nectaring and resting on composite flowers in the late afternoon. Females will oviposit in flower heads, particularly in the heads of Asteraceae.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Brett 10 years ago
Dingy cutworm
Feltia jaculifera

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1 Comment

EmilyUmbarger 10 years ago

Excellent, thanks for the ID Brett!

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Michigan, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Aug 22, 2013

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