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Species Euxoa vetusta - Hodges#10724

Euxoa vetusta - female 861 Euxoa vetusta – Vetusta Dart Moth 10724 - Euxoa vetusta - male 1272 Euxoa vetusta – Vetusta Dart Moth 10724 - Euxoa vetusta 1619 Euxoa vetusta – Vetusta Dart Moth 10724 - Euxoa vetusta Euxoa vetusta – Vetusta Dart Moth 10724 - Euxoa vetusta Moth - Euxoa vetusta Noctuidae, maybe Noctuinae? - Euxoa vetusta Noctuidae, maybe Noctuinae? - Euxoa vetusta
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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 Agrotina
Genus Euxoa
No Taxon (Subgenus Pleonectopoda)
No Taxon (vetusta group)
Species vetusta (Euxoa vetusta - Hodges#10724)
Hodges Number
10724
Size
Forewing ranges from 16-19 mm, wingspan 38-42 mm.
Identification
One of the easier species of Euxoa to identify. The whitish to grayish forwings with the large discal spots help separate it from most other species. The space between the orbicular and reniform spots is usually shaded from gray to black. The hindwings are dark brown to gray with a paler fringe. Males have pectinate antennae and females have filiform antennae.(1)
Range
Species occurs in the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to California.
Habitat
Mainly wet conifer forest from the coast to the Cascades.
Season
Adults fly from late April to early September.
Food
Larvae are reported to feed on herbaceous plants. (2)
See Also
Might be confused with Polia discalis or nimbosa. See all three species. CBIF photos
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Noctuoidea, Noctuidae (Part), Noctuinae (Part-Euxoa), Fascicle 27.2
J. Donald LaFontane. 1987. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands
Jeffrey Miller, Paul Hammond. 2000. USDA Forest Service, FHTET-98-18.