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Species Parabagrotis formalis - Hodges#11047.1

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Classification
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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Parabagrotis
Species formalis (Parabagrotis formalis - Hodges#11047.1)
Hodges Number
11047.1
Size
Forewing length 15 to 18 mm.
Identification
Although this is a variable species with several patterns and colors (pale buff, pale gray, reddish brown to blackish brown), it can usually be identified by the bicolored prothoracic collar (the basal half is black and the apical half is pale buff or gray see here. The three basic forms are; (1)a washed out form with little pattern showing, (2)one with contrasting pale streaks in the reniform, orbicular, claviform spots, on the leading edge of forewing, in the terminal area, and usually on the veins of the subterminal area, and (3)one with the forewing color more even with a contrasting black basal dash and black shading on each side of the orbicular spot making the spot more noticeable. (1)
Range
West Coast States from Washington to California, and British Columbia in Canada.
Habitat
Found in moist to dry forests and woodlands.
Season
Adults have been found from April to October.
Life Cycle
Little is known of the larval stages.
See Also
Parabagrotis cupidissima does not have prominent black collar
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Noctuiodea, Noctuinae, Noctuini (Part), Fascicle 27.3
J. Donald LaFontaine. 1998. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.