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Oval Abrostola Moth (Abrostola ovalis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Oval Abrostola Moth



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Light, oval areas on each wing contrast with the rest, giving the Oval Abrostola a two-toned appearance.



Updated: 05/18/2022; Authored By ; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Not quite black and tan, this two-toned moth sports golden brown ovals that almost seem like eyes near its head. The lower part of the Oval Abrostola is dark brown, almost black, or in some individuals, gray. A few dark streaks cross this darker half.

Adults are often found in wooded areas or near them. They are active at night, but may come to lights. Caterpillars are green with a squared-off, flat rear end. They feed on a variety of nettles, especially Stinging or Common Nettle.




Known Diet of the Oval-Abrostola-Moth



nettles; hog peanuts


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Abrostola
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            Species: ovalis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Abrostola ovalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 30mm (0.98" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; gray; tan
Descriptors: flying; light oval spot on each wing; pale head; dark wings; two-toned
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 25mm (1.0in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 25mm
Md: 27.5mm
Hi: 30mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Oval Abrostola Moth may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Oval Abrostola Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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