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Species Peridroma saucia - Variegated Cutworm - Hodges#10915

Fall pinion - 5 - Peridroma saucia Which Dart? - Peridroma saucia Unknown Moth - Peridroma saucia Dark purplish brown moth circular markings - Peridroma saucia - female Noctuidae, Variegated Cutworm, larvae - Peridroma saucia Peridroma saucia Moth - Peridroma saucia Variegated Cutworm Moth - Peridroma saucia
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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Agrotina
Genus Peridroma
Species saucia (Variegated Cutworm - Hodges#10915)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Pearly Underwing
Ver-gris panaché - En français… Ilze V-G.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Peridroma saucia (Hübner, [1808])
Noctua saucia Hübner, [1808]
Lycophotia ochronota Hampson, 1903
Lycophotia saucia ab. fuscobrunnea
Agrotis saucia var. tenebricosa Schawerda, 1929
Peridroma saucia f. juncta Lempke, 1962
Peridroma chilenaria Angulo & Jena-Saenz, 1984
some older synonyms not listed
Phylogenetic sequence # 933211 (1)
The only species in this genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 45-56 mm.
Adult: forewing ground color variably tan, light brown, dark brown, or reddish-brown; costa - from base to two-thirds its length - has 7 short black marks, the first 4 and last 2 are in pairs (a distinctive feature); claviform spot outlined in black, filled with ground color; orbicular spot usually pale and contrasting with dark reniform spot; hindwing has large pearly gray central area.
Larva: look for a series of yellow or whitish-yellow spots along the middle of the back.
Specimens identified by DNA analysis:

In North America: all of United States and coast to coast in southern Canada. (2), (2)
Also occurs throughout Eurasia, parts of northern Africa, and the Middle East
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with some collection dates.
Most records are March through November, but adults have been found year round in southern states.
Life Cycle
Eggs, hatchlings, Larva, larva with parasite eggs, pupa, pupa, adult:
Considered invasive in this country. (Capinera, John L. North American Vegetable Pests. The Pattern of Invasion. American Entomologist. Spring 2002)
See Also
Reaper Dart Moth - Euxoa messoria
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D. 2004. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.1. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p.34; pl.A.1-6 (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. plate 56, fig. 31; p. 307. (4)
Internet References
presence in California; list of 45 specimens with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada; list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)