The Common Pug Moth has a wingspan of approximately .75 to 1 inch. Overall it is a dingy gray color. The forewings are broad with a black discal spot. At rest it holds its wings at right angles to the body giving it a soaring hawk appearance. Many species in North America are so similar that the only way to positively identify them is to study the genitalia. The caterpillars are variable in color, but may be tan or cream with dark brown V’s pointing towards the head.
This moth is widespread and believed to be common at our two nature centers. The individuals shown here were photographed at Fontenelle Forest in late April and mid-October.
The larval food plants are many composites such as aster, goldenrod, sunflower and black-eyed susan, and woody plants such as oak, viburnum and willow. There are more than 120 species of Pug moths in North America.
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