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Species Parabagrotis sulinaris - Hodges#11048

Parabagrotis sulinaris Parabagrotis sulinaris dart month - Parabagrotis sulinaris Parabagrotis sulinaris Moth - Parabagrotis sulinaris Parabagrotis sulinaris Noctuidae: Parabagrotis sulinaris - Parabagrotis sulinaris Colourful moth - Parabagrotis sulinaris
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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 sulinaris (Parabagrotis sulinaris - Hodges#11048)
Hodges Number
11048
Explanation of Names
sulinaris is an anagram of insularis.
Size
Forewing 16-21 mm.
Identification
This is the largest and most boldly patterned of the five species of Parabagrotis. In areas mainly west of the Cascades the overall color is usually reddish brown with a yellow-buff shading on the prothoracic collar. The prothoracic collar has a transverse black line at the apex with fainter black lines on the collar below this. The mesothoracic and metathoracic tufts are lighter in color than rest of thorax. Forewing color varies from reddish brown to orange brown with pale buff shading on the front margin of wing and around or partially filling the orbicular, reniform, and claviform spots. Terminal area is usually paler than other areas of forewing but not as pale as forewing margins. Hindwings are smoky brown.
In drier area east of the Cascades, specimens often have a paler forewing color of reddish buff which gives a more contrasty look. (1)
Range
Occurs from British Columbia to northern California, east to Idaho and western Montana.
Season
Adults have been found from May to September.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on grasses.
Internet References
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.