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Pearly underwing

Peridroma saucia


This moth is mainly brown, with some small designs on the fore wings. This moth was seen at a porch light, at around 11:00 pm. The larvae can feed on a variety of vegetable plants, and many others, such as jimsonweed, dock, dogfennel, ragweed, and shepherd's purse plants.


In my garden, Fort worth, Texas.


The variegated cutworm can be found in North and South America, the Hawaiian Islands, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The origin of the moth is uncertain, but the earliest records with the description of the moth are from Europe in 1790. However, the moth was first observed in North America in 1841, where today it primarily inhabits Southern Canada and Northern United States. Peridroma saucia was discovered in Japan in the 1970s, where it is dubbed "nise-tamanayaga", which directly translates to "false black cutworm moth". As Japanese populations of the variegated cutworm continue to grow, studies are still being conducted to identify the distribution areas in the region.

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Spotted on May 25, 2020
Submitted on May 26, 2020

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