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Species Cerastis tenebrifera - Reddish Speckled Dart - Hodges#10994

10994 -- Reddish Speckled Dart Moth - Cerastis tenebrifera - male reddish speckled dart - Cerastis tenebrifera - female Reddish Speckled Dart - Cerastis tenebrifera Cerastis tenebrifera Reddish Speckled Dart - Cerastis tenebrifera reddish speckled dart - Cerastis tenebrifera Cerastis tenebrifera - male Dart - Cerastis tenebrifera - male
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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Cerastis
Species tenebrifera (Reddish Speckled Dart - Hodges#10994)
Hodges Number
one of 7 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 30-40 mm (1)
Adult: forewing reddish-brown, faintly mottled with gray; lines gray, inconspicuous except for partial whitish subterminal line; orbicular and reniform spots whitish with gray centers; hindwing grayish-brown with faint median line (1)
Newfoundland to South Carolina, west to Texas, north to Nebraska and southern Ontario (1)
moist woods and maple groves; adults are nocturnal and come to light [Handfield, 1999]
adults fly from March to early June
larvae feed on Common Dandelion, American Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), Meadow Willow (Salix petiolaris), Chokecherry, Paper Birch, and Velvetleaf Huckleberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides) [Handfield, 1999]
Life Cycle
one generation per year
larva; larva; larva head; larva; pupa; adult
See Also
Cerastis fishii forewing has contrasting black-and-white markings in its reniform and orbicular spots (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp. [species account, p. 453; photo of male, p. 117]
Internet References
live adult images (Bob Patterson, Maryland)
live adult images (Al Sinclair, Ontario)
pinned adult image of male by Michael Pogue (Discover Life in America,
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
foodplants; PDF doc plus flight season and life cycle (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Quebec)
flight season (Ohio State U.)
presence in South Carolina; county distribution map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
presence in Texas; list (Dale Clark, Texas)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.