Other Common Names
Granulate Cutworm (larva)
Tawny Shoulder (adult in Europe)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Feltia subterranea (Fabricius, 1794)
Noctua subterranea Fabricius, 1794
Phylogenetic sequence # 933504.
Adult: forewing yellowish to medium brown with blackish shading heavier in male than in female; black bar extending from orbicular to reniform spot is distinctive feature; large dark patch along costa near apex, and usually a smaller patch part-way along outer margin; hindwing translucent glistening white in male; shaded with gray in female.
Larva: head pale brown; body dark brown to gray with pale longitudinal stripes; skin surface covered with small black conical granules.
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to California, north to South Dakota.
Also occurs in Europe, and through Central and South America, south to Chile.
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Cultivated land, lawns and gardens.
Adults fly year round in the south; reduced flight season in the north.
Larvae feed on more than 60 plants of economic importance, including alfalfa, bean, beet, cabbage, cauliflower, clover, corn, cotton, eggplant, lettuce, peanut, pea, pepper, potato, sweet potato, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat.
Common to abundant in the south.
Larvae cause damage by cutting off small plants near ground level.
Lafontaine, J.D., 2004. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.1
. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 220; pl. J. 40-41.(1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. pl. 57.43-44; p. 312. (2)