Cucullia asteroides - Goldenrod Hooded Owlet

Family: Noctuidae. Subfamily: Cuculliinae. (Hooded Owlets) Length: 26-29 mm. Rests with their wings folded and their forelegs outstretched. Thick thorax. Ash gray FW has obvious reddish brown blotches along costal margin. Orbicular and reniform spots are parlty outlined blackish. White HW has a narrow (Broader in females) dusky ST line. Hosts: Aster and goldenrod. Also known as The Asteroid.

The Dusky Hooded Owlet, Intermediate Cucullia, Goldenrod cutworm or Intermediate Hooded Owlet (Cucullia intermedia) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found from coast to coast across southern Canada and the northern United States, south in the west to California and to Pennsylvania in the east. In the Rocky Mountains it is found south to the White Mountains in east-central Arizona and occurs commonly in Utah, Colorado and north-eastern Nevada.

The wingspan is 45-50 mm. Adults are on wing from May to October. There are two generations per year.

The larvae feed on the leaves of birch, poplar, willow and other trees and shrubs, as well as flowers of Lactuca and other Asteraceae species.

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