|Fall Cankerworm Moth - Alsophila pometaria|
The Fall Cankerworm overwinters as an egg, the caterpillar feeds in the spring, pupates, and the adult moth flies and mates in the fall, often in cold weather. The similar (especially the caterpillar) Spring Cankerworm, Paleacrita vernata, feeds as a caterpillar in the spring, like the Fall Cankerworm, but drops to the ground and burrows, waiting until late winter to pupate. The adult Spring Cankerworm flies in the early cold spring. In both cases the females are flightless.