Moth Caterpillars
Feeding on Sunflowers
(Helianthus spp.)

Butterfly & Moth Species
Scientific Name Common Name
Acharia stimulea
(syn. Sibine stimulea)
Saddleback Caterpillar
Autographa precationis Common Looper Moth
Chlorochamys chloroleucaria* Blackberry Looper Moth
Cremastobombycia ignota** Gracillariid Moth sp.
Dichomeris flavocostella
(syn. Trichotaphe flavocostella)
Gelechiid Moth sp.
Eucosma bilineana Tortricid Moth sp.
Eucosma sombreana Tortricid Moth sp.
Eupithecia miserulata* Common Pug
Euplexia benesimilis American Angle Shades
Frechinia helianthiales** Sunflower Leafminer Moth
Grammia arge Arge Tiger Moth
Homoeosoma electella* Sunflower Moth
Hypercompe scribonia
(syn. Ecpantheria scribonia)
Giant Leopard Moth
Hysterosia birdana Cochylid Moth sp.
Ogdoconta cinereola Common Pinkband
Papaipema cataphracta Burdock Borer Moth
Papaipema necopina Sunflower Borer Moth
Papaipema rigida Rigid Sunflower Borer Moth
Pelochrista scintillana Tortricid Moth sp.
Pelochrista womonana Tortricid Moth sp.
Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger Moth
Phtheochroa hospes*
(syn. Cochylis hospes)
Banded Sunflower Moth
Platynota flavedana Variegated Leafroller
Pyrrarctia isabella Isabella Tiger Moth
Spilosoma virginica Yellow Bear Moth
Stibadium spumosum* Frothy Moth
Suleima cinerodorsana Tortricid Moth sp.
Suleima helianthana* Sunflower Bud Moth

*larvae feed on florets or seeds, **larvae are leaf-miners
larvae bore through roots, larvae bore through stems

Sources: Covell (1984/2005), Wagner (2005),
Needham et al. (1928), and Miller (1987)

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