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Species Adelphagrotis stellaris - Hodges#10989

Adelphagrotis stellaris Adelphagrotis stellaris Unknown Noctuid - Adelphagrotis stellaris Moth - Adelphagrotis stellaris Unknown Moth - Adelphagrotis stellaris Unknown Moth - Adelphagrotis stellaris Noctuini sp. - Adelphagrotis stellaris Noctuid sp. - Adelphagrotis stellaris
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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Adelphagrotis
Species stellaris (Adelphagrotis stellaris - Hodges#10989)
Hodges Number
Three species listed for North America.
Wingspan approximately 36 mm.
Fresh adults have a cream to orange reniform spot, a prothoracic collar that is lighter in color than the darker gray or brown of the thorax and the forewings. From British Columbia to Northern California the forewings are usually more mottled in color and the transverse lines are usually darker and more conspicuous. The median area is usually darker than the basal and subterminal areas. Populations in central California are usually paler, with a more washed out forewing color. (1),(2)
This species has been found along the West Coast from southern British Columbia east to the Cascades in the north and southward to the central California Coast Range.
Usually found in moist coastal forests.
Adults have been collected in July and August.
The larvae appear to be generalist feeders and have been reported to feed on various flowering trees and shrubs, such as Huckleberry Vaccinium spp, snowberry Symphoricarpus sp, salmonberry Rubus spectabilis, and Indian-plum Osmoronia(Oemlaria) cerasiformis.
See Also
A. carrissma appears to be found in a limited area in Marin and Sonoma counties north of the San Francisco Bay.
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.