Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Xestia xanthographa - Square-spot Rustic - Hodges#10945

Xestia xanthographa Another brown moth - Xestia xanthographa 1335 Xestia xanthographa - Square-spot Rustic 10945 - Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic - Xestia xanthographa Moth - Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic Moth - Xestia xanthographa Brown moth - Xestia xanthographa Brown moth - Xestia xanthographa
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Xestia
Species xanthographa (Square-spot Rustic - Hodges#10945)
Hodges Number
10945
Size
Forewing 13-17 mm, wingspan 30-40 mm.
Identification
A rather plain species characterized by having a reddish brown forewing with few contrasting markings. There are usually small spots on the postmedial line and pale yellowish shading that partially fills the reniform and orbicular spots. Hindwing is pale buff to brown. (1)
Range
North American distribution is mainly in the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia south to California, but has also been found in scattered localities across the northern U.S. and southern Canada. This species is thought to have been introduced from Europe.
Habitat
Variable, grasslands, woodlands, gardens.
Season
Adults fly mainly in August and September.
Food
Larval food reported to be mainly grasses, but also includes numerous herbs and small shrubs.
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.