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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.