Trisha Shetty

Ponometia candefacta

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
Subphylum  Hexapoda
Family  Noctuidae
Genus  Ponometia
Order  Butterflies and moths
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Similar  Tarache aprica, Butterflies and moths, Spragueia leo, Plusiodonta compressipalpis, Homophoberia

Olive sided bird dropping moth noctuidae ponometia candefacta lateral view


Ponometia candefacta, the Olive-shaded Bird-dropping Moth, is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in North America, where it has been recorded from the northern United States to southern Mexico. It has been introduced to Russia as a biological control agent. The habitat consists of dry, weedy, disturbed areas at low elevations.

The wingspan is 18-22 mm. The forewings are white near the base and along the costa, with grey and yellowish mottling in the median and subterminal areas. The hindwings are pale whitish grey, becoming gradually darker grey to the margin on the outer half. Adults are on wing in summer, from April to September.

The larvae feed on Asteraceae, including Aster and Ambrosia species. They are green with a white lateral stripe.

References

Ponometia candefacta Wikipedia


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