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Species Paraseptis adnixa - Hodges#9533

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Paraseptis
Species adnixa (Paraseptis adnixa - Hodges#9533)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paraseptis adnixa (Grote, 1880)
Hadena adnixa Grote, 1880
Aseptis adnixa (Grote, 1880) (1)
Hadena pausis Smith, 1899 (1)
* Phylogenetic sequence #932648.1 (2)
Three forms/subspecies; Pacific Northwest, coastal CA, and east-central CA. See Mustelin & Crabo (2015) (1) for updated descriptions.
Adult: forewing mottled medium and pale brown with blackish basal and anal dashes surrounded by dark shading; conspicuous pale yellowish patch along distal edge of reniform spot; orbicular, reniform, and claviform spots brown, outlined in black; AM and PM lines pale, outlined in black; subterminal line pale, irregular; terminal line thin, black; fringe pale, slightly scalloped, with dark semicircular patches between veins; hindwing brownish-gray with dark discal spot and noticeably irregular outer margin
Larva: body medium brown on upper half, paler brown on lower half with pale middorsal line and indistinct dorsal chevrons
Pacific coast from BC to Mexico with colonies just east of the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and British Columbia Coast Mountains. (1)
Adults fly from April to June in CA, mid-May to August in the Pacific Northwest. (1)
larvae in March and April in British Columbia
larvae feed on young terminal leaves of Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis)
Aseptis pausis was synonymized with A. adnixa which was in turn moved to genus Paraseptis (gen. n.) in Mustelin & Crabo (2015) (1).
See Also
Aseptis binotata forewing is darker, less mottled, and less contrasting than adnixa; A. characta forewing has an elongate orbicular spot, and lacks dark patches in basal and anal angle areas (compare images of all 3 species at CBIF; also see photos of several related species by various photographers at MPG)
Print References
Mustelin & Crabo, 2015:85, figs. 53–56 (pinned adults), 74, 90. (1)
Internet References
live adult and larva images plus foodplant and seasonality (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
pinned adult image (Aseptis adnixa) (CBIF)
presence in California; list 7 specimens with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada British Columbia only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)