December 22, 2007
Male (July 4, 2005) Female
Identification: Website ZipcodeZoo.com that describes the general nature of moths of the family Noctuidae.
Most moths are gray to brown in color and have line or
spots on their wings. Some species are brightly colored. The
moth is small-to-large in size, with wingspans of 2 - 4.5 cm
(about 1 inch). When at rest, adults hold their wings above their
bodies like a roof. All noctuids are typically nocturnal, though
some species are diurnal. Most larvae feed on plant foliage,
dead leaves, lichens, and fungi; many are serious forest pests.
Some species are leaf miners, others are stem- or leaf-borers,
and still others feed at night on plant shoots. Noctuid moths
pupate in cells in soil, in plant cavities, or in silk cocoons.