I was going to make this post about my visit to the grasslands yesterday, but changed my mind this afternoon when I found this visitor on my backdoor. (I am easily distracted.)The Mint-loving Pyrausta (Pyrausta acrionalis) sat there for sometime. There are 61 species of the genus Pyrausta in America north of Mexico. Their larva feed on mint plant species. This is the family of Lamiaceae. This includes quite a few plants in our area. Those in the Lamiaceae family have square stems, opposite leaves, and 2 or 4 stamens attached to the corolla tube. Some of the genera we have in our area are Hedeoma, Monarda, and Salvia.
I tried to look up what caterpillars of Mint-loving Pyrausta looked like, but I could not find any photos of it. I did find other photos of the caterpillars in that genus. They all had five pairs of prolegs. So I did not find any in that genus.