Noctuid Moths (Noctuidae)

Owlet moths were once one of the largest families of moths. However, several moths from this family were classified into separate families. Still, it is one of the larger families of moths, with over 11,000 species.

List of Moths in this Family

Description and Identification


They are green or brown, with some, like the camphorweed cucullia moth having more bright colors. The larvae are stout, with smooth bodies and small heads.


Initially, the pupa is a bright brownish orange but gradually becomes darker.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

When the wings are opened, they are mostly drab, with a few exceptions. When closed, the colors remain muted.

Average wingspan: 0.8 to 30.5 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Fall


While the colors vary, all species lay spherical eggs.

Quick Facts

Other names Cutworms, armyworms
Distribution Worldwide
Habitat Varied
Lifespan of Adults Not recorded
Host Plants Alder, antelope bush, hazel, poplar, and oak
Adult Diet Sap, nectar, and fluids inside fruits

Did You Know

  • French zoologist Pierre André Latreille first described this family in 1809.