New York Natural Heritage Program
A Noctuid Moth
Hydraecia stramentosa Guenée, 1852
Insects

Identifying Characteristics [-]
This is a brownish-yellow moth with a postmedial line that is not white (Rings and Metzler 1982). The wingspan is approximately 36 mm. Since this species looks similar to several others, its identification is often difficult, and final identification of this species should be made by an expert (Rings and Metzler 1982).

Best Life Stage for Proper Identification [-]
The adult is the best life stage for identification.

Behavior [-]
This moth has one annual generation. It overwinters as eggs. Moths in this species group (Apameines) usually lay their eggs in rows on aging or dead plants that are the food source for the larvae. The eggs are covered with a secretion and fastened within leaf cases or gaps in dried plant material (Wagner et al. 2008).

Diet [-]
The food source for the larvae is figwort (Scrophularia spp.).
A Noctuid Moth Images
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The Best Time to See
The best time to see this species is during its flight season, in late August and September.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Present Reproducing
The time of year you would expect to find A Noctuid Moth present (blue shading) and reproducing (orange shading) in New York.