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Species Caradrina meralis - Rare Sand Quaker - Hodges#9654

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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 Caradrinini
Subtribe Caradrinina
Genus Caradrina
Species meralis (Rare Sand Quaker - Hodges#9654)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platyperigea meralis
Jan Metlevski notes here that the former genus Platyperigea was demoted to a subgenus of Caradrina by Hermann Hacker in 2004 (see Print References below)
wingspan 26-30 mm
Adult: forewing medium gray with darker gray reniform and orbicular spots; lines either very faint or not visible; may have darker shading in subterminal area, with pale ST line running through it
British Columbia to Ontario plus northeastern United States, south in the west to Arizona and California
sandy grassland areas
adults fly in late summer and fall
Rare or threatened in several eastern parts of its range: a species "In Greatest Need of Conservation" in Illinois; PDF doc, threatened in Indiana; PDF doc, S1 in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire; PDF doc, special interest in Ohio, rare in Ontario; PDF doc
See Also
Civil Rustic (Caradrina montana) (1, 2) usually has more contrasting markings, white dots around the reniform spot, and occurs north to Northwest Territories, Yukon, and probably Alaska.
Print References
Hacker, Hermann. 2004. Revision of the genus Caradrina Ochsenheimer, 1816, with notes on other genera of the tribus Caradrini (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Esperiana. Vol. 10.
Internet References
pinned adult image (California Dept. of Food & Agriculture)
common name reference; PDF doc (Govt. of Indiana)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)