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Species Tricholita signata - Signate Quaker - Hodges#10627

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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 Eriopygini
Genus Tricholita
Species signata (Signate Quaker - Hodges#10627)
Hodges Number
wingspan 28-38 mm
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

eastern two-thirds of US and southeastern half of Canada
adults fly from July to September
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; eggs sometimes laid in goldenrod heads(1)
larva; 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
Works Cited
1.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.