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Species Sericaglaea signata - Variable Sallow - Hodges#9941

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Sericaglaea
Species signata (Variable Sallow - Hodges#9941)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sericaglaea signata (French, 1879)
Orhtosia signata French, 1879
Phylogenetic sequence # 932595(1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed Sericaglaea signata as the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 35-43 mm. (2)
Adult: forewing color varies widely: light to dark brown, sometimes reddish-brown with purplish gloss in fresh specimens; some have heavy black shading inside irregular subterminal line, with conspicuously paler area outside ST line; veins and lines usually paler brown, obscure; sharp bluish-black spot in lower half of reniform spot; faint thin median line connects one reniform spot with the other when moth is at rest with wings closed; hindwing brown, grayish-brown toward outer margin. (2)
Connecticut to Florida(3), west to Missouri and Texas.(4) (2)
Adults may be abundant at moth bait. (2)
The adults are most common from January to May; October to December.(5)
The larvae feed on leaves of basswood, cherry, oak.
Life Cycle
One generation per year; overwinters as an adult.
Listed as a species of "greatest conservation concern" in a New York list, with only historical records from that state (which in any case is at the northern limit of the range of signata).
See Also
other species in the tribe Xylenini.
In fall, Bicolored Sallow forewing has heavier markings and a darker/thicker median line.
Internet References
live adult images plus dates and common name reference (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Kentucky; county map plus dates and locations (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)