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  • Dingy Cutworm Moth - (Felita jaculifera)

    Dingy Cutworm Moth - (Felita jaculifera)

    The name says it all: the Dingy Cutworm Moth is dull and it's a pest, eating through crops and leveling fields.

    Picture of Dingy Cutworm Moth
    Staff Writer (9/21/2017): The unremarkable colors of this moth helped name it, but the pattern on it is distinctive. The yellowish kidney shaped spot on each forewing and the hairy 'shoulders' make it a bit more unique than most brown moths. Forewings have a short fringe of hair around their edges.

    It is an Owlet moth, a member of one of largest moth families around the world. Twenty five percent of all moths come from this family and this particular species is found all over the North American continent.

    Like most moths, they are nocturnal and are most active at night, but some activity in the daytime isn't uncommon. They are also attracted to lights. Adults are active from late summer to fall, not minding the cooler weather.

    The larvae of this species are known to be a terrible agricultural pest. They feed on popular produce like apples, corn, beans (including soybeans) and tobacco. These crops can be decimated, eaten (or 'cut') down to ground level, and the loss of revenue can be astounding.

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    Dingy Cutworm Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Dingy Cutworm Moth
    Scientific Name: Felita jaculifera

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Noctuidae
           Genus: Felita
            Species: jaculifera

    Size (Adult, Length): 30mm to 40mm (1.18in to 1.57in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, black, tan, white, gray, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: furry, hairy, spots

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Sasketchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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