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Species Amphipoea americana - American Ear Moth - Hodges#9457

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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 Amphipoea
Species americana (American Ear Moth - Hodges#9457)
Hodges Number
9457
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Amphipoea americana (Speyer, 1875)
Hydroecia nicticans var. americana Speyer, 1875
Amphipoea lusca J. B. Smith, 1891
Amphipoea atlantica J. B. Smith, 1899
Size
wingspan 28-36 mm
Identification
forewing bright rusty-orange shaded with orangish-brown; veins, lines, and spots darker brown; reniform spot filled with either white or bright orange
hindwing grayish-brown with orange fringe
7th sternite in female A. interoceana is deeply notched.
Range
coast to coast in northern United States and southern Canada, plus Northwest Territories; south in the west to California, south in the east to Georgia
Season
adults fly from July through September
Food
larvae feed on grasses, sedges, and sometimes roots of corn
See Also
Amphipoea interoceanica is virtually identical but slightly smaller with a stouter body, and the white in the reniform spot is confined to the distal two-thirds
Internet References
live adult image (Steve Walter, bedfordaudubon.org)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image of subspecies pacifica (California Dept. of Food and Agriculture)
common name reference and food plant (Ohio State U.)