Agrotis ipsilon (Hufn.)
Photo courtesy Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
Copyright (c) 2007, Pete Williams
November 27, 2007
Identification Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Page 90. The forewing is yellowish, shaded with dark brown to black along the costa in males, or over most of the wing to the post-median line in females. There will be a small black wedge just beyond the reniform spot. The hindwing is dirty white with grayish brown shading.
The small black markings resemble the Greek character 'Ipsilon,' thus the name. The moth is also known as Dark Sword Grass Moth (Black Cutworm).