|White-spotted Sable Moth – Anania funebris|
Lepidoptera family: Pyralidae – Pyralid Moths / Subfamily: Pyraustinae
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Live adult moth photographed at Winfield Illinois. Wingspan= 19mm
White-spotted sable moths are often found visiting flowers in open field, roadsides, and disturbed areas, else they are very adept at hiding underneath the leave of various plants. Larvae feed primarily on Goldenrod (Solidago).
Range: northern North America; Newfoundland to Northwest Territories, south in the west to Colorado and California, south in the east to North Carolina. Also throughout Eurasia.
Order Lepidoptera: Moths. Unlike the butterflies, moths are usually nocturnal. Many moths and their caterpillars are major agricultural pests in large parts of the world. Moths in the family Tineidae are commonly regarded as pests because their larvae eat fabrics, clothes and blankets made from natural fibers such as wool or silk. Moths in the genus Farinalis feed on stored grain, flour, corn meal and other milled grain products.
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