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    Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth - (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

    The Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth can give rise to an large and rapid-aging infantry of garden and crop destroyers that are difficult to stop.

    Staff Writer (6/30/2017): Adults are brown with vein lines that transverse their wings. The mottled pattern across the light brown wings has patches of ivory and dark brown as well.They are active from March to late fall though in warmer southern states, they are seen on wing year round.

    Caterpillars eat the fruit and foliage from an assortment of plants that are found in vegetable gardens like alfalfa, beans, beet, cabbage, corn, cucumber, onions, peas, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. They also feed on cash crops like wheat, tobacco, and cotton. They are considered a pest in the southeast and insecticidal sprays are used to control their number when the larvae are young. Females hundreds of eggs on the bottom of leaves and these hatchlings have huge appetites. They also mature quickly and warmer states can see three or four generations in one year.

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    Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth
    Scientific Name: Spodoptera ornithogalli
    Other Names: Cotton Cutworm

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Noctuidae
           Genus: Spodoptera
            Species: ornithogalli

    Size (Adult, Length): 32mm to 44mm (1.26in to 1.73in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, black, yellow, white, ivory

    Additional Descriptors: flying,

    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; Saskatchewan; 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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