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Species Hyppa xylinoides - Common Hyppa - Hodges#9578

Hyppa - Hyppa xylinoides caterpillar on goldenrod - Hyppa xylinoides Common Hyppa - Hyppa xylinoides 9578 Common Hyppa - Hyppa xylinoides Common Hyppa - Hyppa xylinoides Hyppa xylinoides 8034799 moth - Hyppa xylinoides Unknown caterpillar - Hyppa xylinoides
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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 Hyppa
Species xylinoides (Common Hyppa - Hodges#9578)
Hodges Number
9578
Size
wingspan 33-42 mm
Identification
Adult: antennae bipectinate with broad branches in male, simple in female; forewing gray with black AM and PM lines edged with white toward inner margin; note black basal and median dashes; brown shading just above median dash; hindwing grayish-brown
[description by Charles Covell](1)
Range
New England and Nova Scotia westward to Manitoba and southward mainly in the Appalachians to northern Georgia
Season
double-brooded: adults fly from early May to early July, and again from late July to late September
Food
larvae feed on leaves of alder, clover, cranberry, rose, St. Johnswort (Hypericum spp.), and other plants
Remarks
The larva is considered to be a pest of cranberries. It is one of several species called cranberry cutworms.
See Also
almost indistinguishable from H. contrasta in wing markings but tends to have a duller, more even gray-brown forewing with the black lines and streaks more sharply defined (compare images of both species)
In some instances, adults can be separated from the similar H. contrasta by the flight period: H. contrasta is single-brooded, flying from mid-June to early August, with most records being in July. Also, contrasta occurs west to British Columbia, whereas xylinoides doesn't occur west of Manitoba.
Print References
(1)Page 130
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.