Yellow-striped Armyworm - (Spodoptera ornithogalli)
Yellow-striped Armyworms eat through and skeletonize leaves of a wide variety of popular food and staple plants.
The Yellow-striped Armyworm becomes the Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Cotton Cutworm.
The Yellow-striped Armyworm can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
black body; two yellow stripes on back; orange head; rusty brown bottom; thin yellow lines.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Yellow-striped Armyworm as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.