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Species Properigea albimacula - White-spotted Properigea - Hodges#9588

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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
No Taxon (Incertae sedis)
Genus Properigea
Species albimacula (White-spotted Properigea - Hodges#9588)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1912 by Barnes and McDunnough, who originally placed it in genus Namangana
Explanation of Names
albimacula: from the Latin "albus" (white) + "macula" (a spot); refers to the conspicuous white spot on the forewing, and is the origin of the suggested common name White-spotted Properigea
one of 10 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 29 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing dark grayish-brown except for conspicuous white patch in lower half of reniform spot; AM and PM lines toothed, black with pale edging; ST line jagged, indistinct; hindwing gray, paler toward base
California to British Columbia, east to Utah
adults fly from May to September in California
See Also
Properigea niveirena forewing reniform spot is arc-shaped, has central blackish line, lacks white patch, AM and PM lines not edged with pale scales (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Internet References
pinned adult images of 5 species and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
presence in California; list of 23 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)
presence in Oregon; list 20 specimens in collection, including locally collected specimens (Oregon State U.)
distribution in Canada British Columbia only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)