Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plusia venusta Walker, 1865
Plusia striatella Grote, 1873
* phylogenetic sequence #930865
Explanation of Names
VENUSTA: from the adjective "venust" (beautiful), from Venus, a very beautiful woman in Roman mythology; refers to the elegant appearance of the moth's forewings.
wingspan 30-35 mm (Covell, 1984)(1)
Adults - forewing has unique pattern - leading third pale brown, separated from dark reddish-brown lower two-thirds by white streak on distal half; dark lower area divided by thin horizontal silvery-white streak. Hindwing light grayish-brown with gray veins and whitish fringe; antennae simple; sexes similar.
Northern United States and most of Canada: Newfoundland to Washington D.C., west through South Dakota and Montana to British Columbia, north to Northwest Territories.
Wet meadows and grassy wetland edges usually associated with woodlands; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Adults fly from June to August (Covell, 1984)(1)
Larvae feed on Swamp sedges and grasses (Forbes, 1954).
One generation per year (Covell, 1984)(1)
) has a more uniformly-colored forewing with wider silvery-white stripes.
Covell Jr., C. V. 1984. A field guide to the moths of eastern North America. p.158, pl.32 #2 (1)
Eichlin, T. D. & H. B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (PDF
Grote, A. R. 1873. On eight species of Noctuidae. Bulletin Buffalo Soc. Nat. Sci. 1: 194
(synonym Plusia striatella
Lafontaine, J. D. & R. W. Poole 1991. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1: p.127; pl.1.53
live adult images
(Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image
(Canadian Forest Service)
distribution in western Canada
list of provinces and territories (CBIF)