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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Agrotis venerabilis [Noctuidae]

JPG-Agrotis venerabilis

Wingspan 4.0 cm. Forewing is pale gray-brown streaked with black-brown and with a long black basal dash, reniform spot greatly enlarged, and the orbicular spot absent. This noctuid is common and widely distributed in ponderosa pine forests and juniper woodlands in western North America. Moths fly in late summer and fall. Caterpillars feed on herbs as subsurface cutworms.

Similar species: Agrotis ipsilon is a migratory pest species that is often abundant in late summer, larger, forewing elongate and black-brown with a pale submarginal border and greatly reduced discal spots, caterpillars feed on herbs as subsurface cutworms.

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