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Cutworm & Dart Moths
Page Last Updated: February 7 2017
39 species
Dart Moth (Xestia) - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Xestia
Species: C-nigrum? Dolosa?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
The Setaceous Hebrew Character moth (X. c-nigrum) and
the Greater Black-letter Dart (X. dolosa) are very similar
Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moth - approx. 1 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Pseudeustrotia (formerly Lithacodia)
Species: Carneola
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Dart Moth (Xestia) - approx. 2 cm - wingspan approx. 4 cm - Thorncliffe Park - September 2013
Common Hyppa Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hyppa
Species: Xylinoides
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Common Hyppa Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan to 4 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - May 2014
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
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Updated August 24 2016
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False Wainscot - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Leucania
Species: Pseudargyria
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
False Wainscot - approx. 2 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - July 2014
Bicoloured Sallow Moth larva - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Sunira
Species: Bicolorago
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also spelled Bicolored
Bicoloured Sallow Moth larva - approx. 2.5 cm - Humber Valley (King's Mill Park) - June 2014
Pinion Moth larva - approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Lithophane
Species: Patefacta? (Dimorphic Pinion Moth)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated November 1 2014
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Pinion Moth larva on Manitoba Maple - approx. 3 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - June 2012
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Large Yellow Underwing Moth - length approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Noctua (Yellow Underwings)
Species: Pronuba
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Native to Eurasia - same as below
Bristly Cutworm Moth - length approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Lacinipolia
Species: Renigera
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subgothic Dart Moth - length approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Feltia
Species: Subgothica
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Subgothic Dart Moth - length approx. 2 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - August 2014
Hitched Arches - length approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Melanchra
Species: Adjuncta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Hitched Arches - length approx. 2.5 cm - Don Mills - August 2014
The Wedgeling - length approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Galgula
Species: Partita
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
The Wedgeling - length approx. 1.2 cm - Don Mills - August 2014
More Common Hyppa Moths
Updated December 23 2014
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Bronzed Cutworm Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Nephelodes
Species: Minians
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Greater Red Dart - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Abagrotis
Species: Alternata
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe: Noctuini
Greater Red Dart - approx. 2 cm - Don Mills - October 2014
Common Hyppa Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Hyppa
Species: Xylinoides
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
More Common Hyppa Moths
Updated December 23 2014
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Common Hyppa Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan to 4 cm - Thorncliffe Park - June 2009
Same as below - larva known as Cranberry Cutworm
Ashen Pinion Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Lithophane
Species: Antennata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Olive Angle Shades Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Phlogophora
Species: Iris
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Olive Angle Shades Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan to 4.5 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - June 2015
Large Yellow Underwing Moth - length approx. 3 cm - Don Mills - June 2015
More Large Yellow Underwing Moths
Updated January 16 2017
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Linen Wainscot Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Leucania
Species: Linita
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Linen Wainscot Moth - approx. 2 cm - Leaside Industrial Area - June 2015
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Dingy Cutworm Moth - length approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Feltia
Species: Jaculifera
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Rubbed Dart Moth - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Euxoa
Species: Detersa
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Dingy Cutworm Moth - length approx. 2 cm - Thorncliffe Park - September 2015
More Ashen Pinion Moths
Updated March 2 2016
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Ashen Pinion Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan to 4 cm - High Park - October 2015
Bicoloured Sallow Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Sunira
Species: Bicolorago
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Also spelled Bicolored
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Bicoloured Sallow Moth on Tansy - approx. 2 cm - wingspan 3 to 4 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - November 2015
Feeds on Orchard Grass
Tribe: Xylenini
More Bicoloured Sallow Moths
Updated April 14 2016
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More Bicoloured Sallow Moths
Updated April 14 2016
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Tribe: Xylenini
Yellow-headed Cutworm - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Apamea
Species: Amputatrix
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Armyworm Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Mythimna
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Updated August 14 2016
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Species: Unipuncta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Also known as The White-speck
Armyworm Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan to 4.5 cm - High Park - June 2016
Western Bean Cutworm - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Striacosta
Species: Albicosta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Western Bean Cutworm - approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2016
More Tessellate Dart Moths
Updated August 12 2016
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Large Yellow Underwing Moth - length approx. 3 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Noctua (Yellow Underwings)
Species: Pronuba
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Native to Eurasia - same as above
More Large Yellow Underwing Moths
Updated August 12 2016
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Large Yellow Underwing Moth - length approx. 3 cm - High Park - June 2016
More Xestia Moths
Updated August 18 2016
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Pink-barred Pseudeustrotia Moth - approx. 1 cm - wingspan to 2.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
Smith's Dart - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Xestia
Species: Smithii
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Smith's Dart - approx. 2 cm - wingspan approx. 4 cm - High Park - September 2016
Zebra Caterpillar Moth (larva) - approx. 3.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Melanchra
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Updated July 28 2011
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Species: Picta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Zebra Caterpillar Moth (larva) - approx. 3.5 cm - Leslie Spit - September 2010
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Yellow-headed Cutworm - approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - July 2016
More False Wainscot Moths
Updated October 31 2016
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American Dun-bar - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Cosmia
Species: Calami
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe: Xylenini
American Dun-bar - approx. 1.5 cm - High Park - July 2016
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Updated October 31 2016
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Phragmites Wainscot Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Leucania
Species: Phragmitidicola
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Phragmites Wainscot Moth - approx. 2 cm - High Park - September 2016
Comma Wainscot Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Leucania
Species: Commoides
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Comma Wainscot Moth - approx. 2 cm - High Park - July 2016
Newman's Brocade - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Meropleon
Species: Ambifusca
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
More Newman's Brocade
Updated November 20 2016
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American Ear Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Amphipoea
Species: Americana
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
American Ear Moth - approx. 2 cm - wingspan to 3.5 cm - High Park - July 2016
Newman's Brocade - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan to 3 cm - High Park - August 2016
Exhausted Brocade - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Neoligia
Species: Exhausta
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
More Exhausted Brocade
Updated November 20 2016
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Exhausted Brocade - approx. 1.5 cm - wingspan to 3 cm - High Park - July 2016
More Bronzed Cutworm Moths
Updated January 19 2017
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Updated December 13 2016
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Bristly Cutworm Moth - length approx. 2 cm - High Park - September 2016
Glassy Cutworm - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Apamea
Species: Devastator
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Glassy Cutworm - approx. 2.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
Tessellate Dart Moth - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Euxoa
Species: Tessellata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tessellate Dart Moth - approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan 3 to 4 cm - High Park - June 2016
Master's Dart - length approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Feltia
Species: Herilis
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Master's Dart - length approx. 2.5 cm - wingspan to 4.5 cm - High Park - August 2016
More Master's Dart Moths
Updated December 16 2016
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Signate Quaker - length approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Tricholita
Species: Signata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
More Signate Quaker Moths
Updated December 20 2016
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Signate Quaker - length approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2016
Ipsilon Dart - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Agrotis
Species: Ipsilon
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe: Noctuini
Ipsilon Dart - approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2016
Apamea impulsa - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Apamea
Species: Impulsa
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Apamea impulsa - approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2016
More Dingy Cutworm Moths
Updated December 28 2016
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Civil Rustic - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Caradrina
Species: Montana
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Civil Rustic - approx. 2 cm - High Park - August 2016
Fall Armyworm Moth - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Spodoptera (Armyworms)
Species: Frugiperda
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Fall Armyworm Moth - approx. 2 cm - wingspan to 4 cm - High Park - September 2016
Bronzed Cutworm Moth - approx. 2 cm - High Park - September 2016
Venerable Dart - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Agrotis
Species: Venerabilis
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe: Noctuini
Venerable Dart - approx. 2 cm - High Park - September 2016
Snowy Dart - approx. 2 cm
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Genus: Anicla
Species: Illapsa
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Snowy Dart - approx. 2 cm - High Park - September 2016
Rubbed Dart on Common Milkweed - approx. 1.5 cm - Toronto Islands - September 2013
More Rubbed Dart Moths
Updated February 7 2017
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Same as above - larva known as Cranberry Cutworm