Being native to tropical areas this moth may have only a single generation in northern states but up to 4 generations per year in the Gulf states. The complete life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as 1 month in warm regions, but require up to 3 months in cooler climates. Preferred host plants are corn and sorghum as well as Bermudagrass and other grass weeds. A variety of other agricultural crops are also attacked including wheat, cotton, peanuts, and rice, as well as the foliage of many fruit trees and occasional ornamental plants. Females are capable of laying over 2,000 eggs, usually in masses of from 100-200 eggs, deposited onto the foliage and covered with a gray material that gives it a fuzzy look. When mature the larvae move into the soil to pupate.
The damage from this moth is generally to agricultural plants, and if found in landscape its presence would be insignificant. On crops a variety of chemical and non-chemical practices are used for management.