Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Wingspan 3.4 cm. Forewing is pale gray-brown with a large white reniform spot and black basal and discal streaks. This noctuid is common and widely distributed in juniper woodlands in western North America. Moths fly in late summer. Caterpillars feed on the foliage of juniper (Juniperus) and western red cedar (Thuja plicata).
Similar species: Abagrotis mirabilis forewing is black with a large white reniform spot, widely distributed in western North America, caterpillars feed on junipers and cedars; Abagrotis rubicundis forewing is dark red, restricted to the mountains of California and southwestern Oregon.