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Army Cutworm Moths (AKACabin Moth ): learn about the life cycle of our local Cabin Moths from Colorado State University

Life cycle. Army cutworms have an unusual life cycle. The caterpillar stage (larvae) overwinter in the soil, primarily in the alfalfa and wheat field....

Miller Moths Fact Sheet No. 5.597 Read more from Colorador State Uuniversity Extension Fact Sheet

Quick Facts • The ‘miller moth,' common in Colorado and adjacent states, is the adult stage of the army cutworm. • The caterpillar stage of the army cutworm feeds on crops and garden plants in winter and early spring. • The adult form of the army cutworm feeds on nectar in late spring through early fall. It does not lay eggs during this time. • During warm months the ‘miller moths' migrate to higher elevations as they seek flowering plants. Areas close to the mountains receive moths that may have migrated well over a hundred miles en route to summer feeding sites

Questions and Answers about Miller Moths by Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs

Once in the home, the best way to remove the moths is to swat or vacuum them or to attract them to traps. A n easy trap to make is to suspend a light bulb over a bucket partially filled with soapy water. (Always use a grounded plug and extreme caution when using any electrical device near water!) Some wetting agent, such as soap or detergent must be added or many moths will escape, the water beading readily off the scales of their wings and body. Moths attracted to the light often will fall into the water and be killed. Jingling keys or some other noise that in duces evasive flight behaviors can sometimes dramatically speed the capture rate when using the soapy water trap. Insecticides have little or no place in controlling millers. The moths are not very susceptible to insecticides. Furthermore, any moths kille d will be rapidly replaced by new moths migrating into the area nightly.

Natural Enemies of Miller Moths: The caterpillar stage of the army cutworm has many natural enemies. Predatory ground beetles, and many birds eat cutworms. Adult millers may be eaten by bats or birds. One commonly observed phenomenon involving birds is swallows concentrating at intersections where they feed on miller moths. (House sparrows and other birds also are found at these sites, feeding on wounded moths.) This likely occurs because many miller moths seek shelter in automobiles and emerge while the cars are idling at stop lights. Furthermore, many moths are released as drivers open vehicle windows at intersections to let the moths escape. Other wildlife feed on miller moths as well. For example, they can be an important part of the grizzly bear's diet in the Yellowstone National Park area. Grizzly's feed on the fat-rich moths that rest under loose rocks. However, factors that determine the abundance of miller moths from season to season are largely unknown. Undoubtably certain weather patterns have a great effect.

Euxoa auxiliaris Wikipedia Article: Its nickname "miller moth" comes from the fine scales on its wings that rub off easily and remind people of the dusty flour that covers the clothing of a miller.

 

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