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Species Lithophane franclemonti - Hodges#9888.1

Lithophane franclemonti feeding on rotten banana-brown sugar bait - Lithophane franclemonti Lithophane innominata - Lithophane franclemonti
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Classification
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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species franclemonti (Lithophane franclemonti - Hodges#9888.1)
Hodges Number
9888.1
Range
Core of range appears to be the "Driftless Region" of western Wisconsin and adjacent Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Also recorded from Ohio (type locality), Pennsylvania and Vermont. Occurs mostly west and south of L. innominata, with some areas of overlap.
Habitat
Midwestern sites are typically hilly, dry-mesic oak-hickory-walnut dominated deciduous woodlands, often with prairie openings. The type locality (Ohio) is on level terrain.
Season
September-October and March-April in Midwest (overwinters as an adult, but not likely to be found in mid-winter like others in genus).
Food
Unknown.
Life Cycle
Immature stages are unknown.
Remarks
Adults are best found by using sugary baits (e.g. rotten banana + brown sugar) painted on tree trunks, shrubs, and other vegetation. Also comes to light moderately well for a Lithophane, esp. later in the spring flight period.