Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Stiriinae: Stiriini

Stiria rugifrons Grote 1874

Common name: listed here as ‘Yellow sunflower moth.’

Hodges #: 9785.

Identification: Rfw 18 mm, ground color yellow with dark markings present on outer and inner margins of fw, foretibia with massive apical ‘claw.’

Similar species: none in North Dakota.

Distribution: Saskatchewan southeastward to Virginia, southward to Florida and northern Texas.

Hosts: Larvae feed on heads of Helianthus spp.– sunflowers, usually in disturbed habitats.


moth image

ND, Burleigh Co.,  27- VII- 1966. UV light.


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Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

Published by the Department of Entomology 

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