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Species Tricholita signata - Signate Quaker - Hodges#10627

Noctuidae: Tricholita signata - Tricholita signata Signate Quaker - Tricholita signata Noctuidae: Tricholita signata - Tricholita signata Tricholita signata Signate Quaker - Tricholita signata Signate Quaker - Tricholita signata 9/7/18 moth - Tricholita signata Tricholita signata - male
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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 Eriopygini
Genus Tricholita
Species signata (Signate Quaker - Hodges#10627)
Hodges Number
10627
Numbers
uncommon
Size
wingspan 28-38 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing dark orange or brown crossed by 3 or 4 darker lines; reniform spot mostly white (some individuals show no white); ST line wavy, stops short of apex; diffuse pale patch usually present at apex
hindwing dark brownish-gray
Range
eastern two-thirds of US and southeastern half of Canada
Season
adults fly from July to September
Food
larvae feed on low-growing plants such as dandelion and plantain; low-growing non-woody plants especially the mature caterpillars in spring(1); inside pods of White Wild Indigo - (MJ Hatfield)
Life Cycle
One generation with mature caterpillars in spring(1)
larva in White Wild Indigo pod; adult
See Also
Protorthodes incincta and curtica are similar but have a less distinct PM line, and their ST line reaches the costa (compare images of all three species)
Interoceanic Ear Moth also has a white reniform spot but the ground color of its forewing is lighter and crossed by 5 or 6 darker lines (versus 3 or 4 lines in Signate Quaker)
Internet References
live adult images of spotted and unspotted specimens, plus other info (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
Works Cited
1.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.