dingy cutworm moth

(Feltia jaculifera)

               
Hodges #

10670

dingy cutworm moth
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant and widespread

Flight/Season

One generation: Mid-August to mid-September

Habitat

Open areas. Fields, gardens.

Size

Wingspan: 13 16 to 19 16

Total Length: 11 16

   
 
Identification

The forewing is dark gray to black with a complex pattern of whitish streaks, bars, and veins. Two whitish streaks extend from the basal area nearly to the outer margin. The kidney-shaped spot in the median area (reniform spot) is often pale orange. The long, dark gray, wedge-shaped spot near the inner margin (claviform spot) is separated from the basal area by an incomplete white line.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Larvae have been reported from more than 40 plant species including crops, forages, vegetables, and forbs.

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 21, 29, 30, 75.
 
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Taxonomy
Future DNA analysis, if performed, may find this to be a complex of up to six separate species.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)

 

Family:

Noctuidae (owlet moths)

 

Subfamily:

Noctuinae (cutworms or dart moths)

 

Tribe:

Agrotini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

dingy cutworm moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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  Dingy Cutworm Moth (Feltia jaculifera)
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  Dingy Cutworm Moth (Noctuidae: Feltia jaculifera) on Blossom
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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (06 August 2010).

   
       
  Dingy Cutworm Moth (Noctuidae: Feltia jaculifera) on Wall
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Uploaded on Aug 26, 2010

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (25 August 2010).

   
       
  Dingy Cutworm Moth (Noctuidae: Feltia jaculifera) Warming-up
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Uploaded on Aug 13, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (13 August 2011).

   
       
  Dingy Cutworm Moth (Noctuidae: Feltia jaculifera) Dorsal View
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Uploaded on Aug 13, 2011

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (13 August 2011).

   
       

 

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