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Species Bellura densa - Pickerelweed Borer Moth - Hodges#9526

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Arzamini
Genus Bellura
Species densa (Pickerelweed Borer Moth - Hodges#9526)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bellura densa, (Walker, 1865)
* phylogenetic sequence # 932518
one of six species in the genus for North America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan 3.5-5 cm
TL≈19-263mm (2)
Brown/tan forewings. Reniform spot partly filled with orange.
Southeastern United States: Maryland to southern Florida, west to Indiana, Louisiana.
Near wetlands, esp. marshes with hostplants.
June-August (2 broods in south)
Food of adults not known--may not feed, like many Noctuids
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on cattails, pickerelweed, water hyacinth, all wetland plants. Early instars feed on surface, later burrow into leaves or into rhizomes. Pupa is naked.
Print References
Covell, page 128, plate 28 #20 (3)
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph of pinned adult and related species for comparison.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.