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SPOTTED PEPPERGRASS MOTH
Spotted peppergrass moths are found from Massachusetts to Florida, west to Texas and north into southern Ontario.
An unmistakable little moth 1.2-1.7 cm (1/2 - 2/3 in.) long, white with black spots. Normally rests with wings folded over the abdomen. The larvae feed on peppergrass (genus Lepidium), field penny-cress (Thlaspi arvense ), and cabbage.
Eustixia pupula is the only species in this genus. Some sources list the genus Eustixia in the grass moth family Crambidae. Others treat Crambidae as a subfamily of Pyralidae - the snout moths.