nowlet mothusually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Owlet moth(Zoöl) any noctuid moth.
NOCTUAE, OR OWLET-MOTHS, CUT-WORMS.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
Each breeze brings scents of hill-heaped hay;
And now an owlet, far away,
Cries twice or thrice, "T-o-o-w-h-o-o";
And cool dim moths of mottled gray
Flit through the dew.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
A single bear is estimated to eat 20,000 to 30,000 moths a day during portions of the summer—as much as one-third of the calorie required for an entire year may derive from the consumption of owlet moths (Mattson et al 1991.