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Brown Hooded Owlet Moth (Cucullia convexipennis)

The brown hooded owlet moth is a noctuid moth found in North America. It is so named because of a set of brown hairs on the top of its head, which looks like a hood.

Brown Hooded Owlet Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Noctuidae
  • Genus: Cucullia
  • Scientific Name: Cucullia convexipennis

Description and Identification


This caterpillar is sometimes called a Calico Paint caterpillar because of its bright colors consisting of a glossy black head with yellow lines, an orange line between them running down its back, a set of yellow and white stripes on the sides, and a red line crossing horizontally at the bottom by the legs.


After maturing, the larva begins to pupate.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

These moths have brown hairs over their head, giving them a hooded appearance.

When the wings are open, a pale brown color is observed, gradually shifting towards a darker tone near the edge. When the wings are closed, the brown borders remain sharply visible.

Average wingspan: 40–50 mm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: May to September

Cucullia convexipennis



Females lay eggs close to the host plant.

Quick Facts

Other NamesBrown-bordered cucullia
DistributionNorth-eastern parts of the United States; parts of Canada
HabitatWet woodlands
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsAster and goldenrod
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • It was first described by British entomologist Augustus Radcliffe Grote and American entomologist Coleman Townsend Robinson in 1868.
Brown-bordered Cucullia


Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Picture


Brown Hooded Owlet Moth Image


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