Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Mamestra or Noctua brassicæ, or pot-herb moth, a moth measuring about 1¾ inches across the open fore wings, which are dusky-brown clouded with darker shades, and marked with pairs of dark spots on their front edge, and with various streaks and spots of a yellowish or white color. The caterpillar is greenish-black, and is found in autumn feeding on the hearts of cabbages. It changes to a brown pupa.
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