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Species Xestia normanianus - Norman's Dart - Hodges#10943

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Classification
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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Xestia
Species normanianus (Norman's Dart - Hodges#10943)
Hodges Number
10943
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xestia normaniana
Xestia triangulum in error - see Remarks section below
Size
wingspan 35-41 mm
Identification
forewing ground color light to medium gray or brown; black patches above orbicular spot, between reniform and orbicular spots, and along costa near apex; orbicular spot same color as ground color, oblique, oblong, and extending to costa; small black dots along AM line, as claviform spot, and on inner edge of reniform spot; AM and PM lines double, faint
hindwing grayish-brown with faint discal spot and pale yellowish fringe
Range
Nova Scotia to Georgia, west through Kansas to Oregon, north to Alberta
Habitat
shrubby meadows and wood edges where host plants grow
Season
adults fly from late July to October
Food
larvae feed on leaves of blueberry, cherry, meadowsweet, raspberry, sweet fern, and other plants
Remarks
This species was once named as "variant A" of Xestia triangulum, a very similar Eurasian species commonly called the Double Square-spot, but the name may have been misapplied, or may have been a misidentification. X. normaniana is apparently a North American species. See FUNET.
Internet References
live adult image (Cindy Mead, Michigan)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
US distribution map (Moths of North America; USGS)
common name reference and food plants (Ohio State U.)
presence in Oregon; list (Oregon State U.)