In the Northeast, Calico Paint Moths (Cucullia convexipennis), also called Brown-hooded Owlets, produce two generations a summer. The larvae of the first generation mature in July, and the second generation matures from late August into October. Calico Paint larvae are often found on aster and goldenrod plants, resting on stems (often head down) in plain sight during the day. First generation larvae feed on the leaves and the second generation consumes the flowers of these plants. The comparatively drab, brown adult moths they turn into can often be found on Wild Bergamot and Common Milkweed flowers in the early evening. (Thanks to Joan Waltermire for photo op.)
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September 17, 2015 | Categories: Asters, Calico Paint Moths, Caterpillars, Goldenrod, Insects, Larvae, Metamorphosis, Milkweed, Moths, September, Wild Bergamont | Tags: Cucullia convexipennis | Leave a comment