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Species Apamea amputatrix - Yellow-headed Cutworm - Hodges#9348

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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 Apameini
Genus Apamea
Species amputatrix (Yellow-headed Cutworm - Hodges#9348)
Hodges Number
9348
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apamea amputatrix (Fitch, 1857)
Hadena amputatrix Fitch, 1857
Phylogenetic sequence # 932333 (1)
Size
44-50 mm Wingspan (2)
Identification
Forewing mostly deep red with pale gray subterminal band; reniform spot has two distinctive small white dots at inside corner. A dark gray form also occurs.
Range
Throughout North America, north to the arctic.
Season
The peak flight period is June through August. (3)
Food
"Larva attacks cabbage, corn, currants, grasses, lettuce, roses, wheat, and young trees (often fruit trees)." (2)
Life Cycle
Pupa; adult
Print References
Mikkola, K., J.D. Lafontaine & J.D. Gill, 2009. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 26.9. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 70; pl. 4.32-5.5. (4)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, plate 53, figs. 10, 11; p. 295. (5)
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.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 26.9. Noctuoidea, Noctuidae: Apameini (Part).
Mikkola, Kauri, J. Donald Lafontaine, Jocelyn Gill. 2009. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
5.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
6.Pacific Northwest Moths
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems