Sunflower Moth Homoeosoma electella (Hulst, 1887)  Synonyms: Hodges #5935.


Common in Maryland. Often an abundant species across much of the U.S., especially in the southern half of the country, but north at least to South Dakota and west to Washington (Glaser, Micromoths).


The larvae feed on the flower heads of many Asteraceae, including sunflower, on which it is a pest (Glaser, Micromoths).

There are 18 records in the project database.

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A Sunflower Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/15/2010). Photo by Bob Patterson. (MBP list)

A Sunflower Moth collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (5/29/). Photo by John Glaser. (MBP list)

A Sunflower Moth in Cecil Co., Maryland (9/15/2013). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Bill Keim. (MBP list)

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