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Species Lithophane petulca - Wanton Pinion - Hodges#9889

Lithophane petulca Lithophane petulca Wanton Pinion - Hodges #9889 (Lithophane petulca) - Lithophane petulca Moth 24 - Lithophane petulca Wanton Pinion - Ontario - Lithophane petulca Clatsop Moth 1 - Lithophane petulca moth - Lithophane petulca Lithophane petulca
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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 Lithophane (Pinions)
Species petulca (Wanton Pinion - Hodges#9889)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lithophane petulca Grote, 1874
Lithophane ferrealis Grote, 1874
Synonym: Lithophane ferrealis - Hodges#9890.
* Phylogenetic sequence #932536.
52 Lithophane species occur in America north of Mexico.(1)
Adult has a light and dark form.
Coast to coast in southern Canada and all of US except the southeast (Florida and adjacent states).
Bug Guide - range map with monthly record of photos submitted to the guide.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Adults fly much of the year.
Larval hosts include:
Quercus borealis L. (red oak) * USDA plant profile
Prunus virginiana L. (chokeberry) * USDA plant profile
Life Cycle
Two generations per year.
Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 81.(1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
pinned adult images showing light and dark forms (CBIF)
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photo of pinned Lithophane petulca and related species.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.