Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sympistis modesta (McDunnough, 1933)
Oncocnemis modesta McDunnough, 1933
Wingspan: 29mm - (McDunnough, 1933)
"...Primaries with the basal two-thirds creamy with a slight ochreous tinge; inception of ordinary lines indicated by three small, smoky, equidistant, costal patches; t. a. line scarcely discernable, indicated more by the paler filling than by any dark lines, in direction rather sharply outwardly oblique, somewhat lunulate. Ordinary spots indicated faintly by their pale whitish color on a somewhat deeper background; orbicular decumbent, oval; reniform upright, almost circular. Terminal third of wing deep slaty black, with traces of a pale, whitish, irregular, s. t. line crossing the area close to outer margin. Fringes an admixture of whitish and pale smoky scaling with a more distinctly ochreous line at base. Secondaries white with a broad smoky terminal border, narrowing towards anal angle to a point; no trace of postmedian line. Fringes white, tinged with smoky in basal half..." - (McDunnough, 1933)
Holotype: Male, Presidio, Tex. No., 3630 in Canadian National Collection, Ottawa.
Some species of Oncocnemis/Sympistis eat plants from the Rosaceae family , particularly Cercocarpus montanus British Natrual History Museum HOST Plant database
Sighted near Sanderson, Sept. 30, 1981 by Ed. Knudson here
Apparently it has a single brood, observation by A. Hendrickson
shows more well marked maculation in the basal and median portions of the forewing and white st. line is less evident.
McDunnough, J.H., 1933. Notes on North American Lepidoptera with descriptions of new species. The Canadian Entomologist
, 65(9): 200-208