Euxoa messoria (Harris); Feltia jaculifera (Guenée); Abagrotis alternate (Grote); Xestia c-nigrum (L.); Peridroma saucia (Hübner); Spaelotis clandestine (Harris)
Distribution: Most notable as pests in the central and mid-Atlantic states.
Larvae have smooth bodies with a dull gray-brown background color with stripes or spots or splotches.
Mid-Atlantic Orchard Monitoring Guide
A large complex of similar species including: Darksided cutworm, Euxoa messoria (Harris); Mottled cutworm, Abagrotis alternate (Grote); Dingy cutworm, Feltia jaculifera (Guené;e); Mottled cutworm, Abagrotis alternate (Grote); Spotted cutworm, Xestia c-nigrum (L.); Variegated cutworm Peridroma saucia (Hü;bner), W-marked cutworm Spaelotis clandestine (Harris). Adults are dark brown or grayish colored moths. Larvae tend to be smooth caterpillars with few hairs, brown or black head capsules (sometimes with distinctive markings), and bodies a dull gray-brown background color with stripes, spots, or dark brown, black, yellow or white splotches (A, B).