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Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 6/30/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth  
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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.

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.

Picture of the Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth
Picture of the Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth

Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth Information

Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common Name: Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth
Scientific Name: Spodoptera ornithogalli
Other Name(s): Cotton Cutworm

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 32 mm to 44 mm (1.248 inches to 1.716 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, black, yellow, white, ivory
Additional Descriptors: flying,

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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