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Species Platypolia mactata - Adorable Brocade - Hodges#9419

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Antitypina
Genus Platypolia
Species mactata (Adorable Brocade - Hodges#9419)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
wingspan 30-35 mm
forewing medium to dark brownish-gray with diffuse blackish streak in lower median area but not touching inner margin; AM and PM lines double, pale, outlined in black; PM line sinuous, composed of connected series of small arcs; reniform spot large; orbicular spot oval, outlined in black, with dark center; several short blackish marks along costa; subterminal area pale; fringe checkered dark and pale
hindwing dark grayish with indistinct discal crescent, thin median line, and pale lightly checkered fringe; antennae simple; sexes alike
coast to coast in southern Canada and northern United States, south in the east to New England, New York, and Ohio, south in the west to Arizona and California
wooded areas; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
adults fly from August to November in Ohio; August and September in Alberta
in Quebec, larvae feed on Wood-Betony (Pedicularis canadensis), bedstraw (Galium spp.), and blueberry/cranberry (Vaccinium spp.) [Handfield, 1999]
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters presumably as an egg or first instar larva
See Also
Olive Arches (Lacinipolia olivacea) has a similar pattern (compare images of both species)
Internet References
live adult image by Dave Beadle, Ontario, plus common name reference [Adorable Brocade] (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image plus common name reference [Prairie Brocade], habitat, description, biology, food plants, distribution (G.G. Anweiler, U. of Alberta)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
flight season in Ohio (Ohio State U.)
presence in Arizona; list (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)