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Species Amphipyra tragopoginis - Mouse Moth - Hodges#9639

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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 Amphipyrinae
Tribe Amphipyrini
Genus Amphipyra
Species tragopoginis (Mouse Moth - Hodges#9639)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Noctuelle du salsifis - En français… Ilze V-G.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Amphipyra tragopoginis (Clerck, 1759)
Explanation of Names
TRAGOPOGINIS: from the larval host, Oyster Plant (Tragopogon porrifolius) and the two species of Goat's-beard with which Oyster Plant hybridizes (T. pratensis, T. dubius)
Forewing length 16-18 mm.(1)
Adult: forewing highly reflective and uniformly dark grayish-brown with triangular pattern of three black spots near middle of wing
hindwing whitish at base, shading gradually to medium brown at outer margin

Larva: body slender, smooth, green, with prominent white dorsal and lateral lines
Found inland from Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
Most adult records are June to October.
The larvae feed on flowers, seeds, and leaves of Oyster Plant and Goat's-beard (Tragopogon spp.) plus columbine, dogbane, geranium, hawthorn, plantain, and a number of other low plants.
This species has a Holarctic distribution and might have been introduced into North America from Europe (Forbes 1954).(3)
Works Cited
1.Pacific Northwest Moths
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III [Noctuidae]
William T. M. Forbes . 1954. Cornell University. Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir: Number 329: 1-433.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems