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Species Xestia mustelina - Hodges#10971

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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 Xestia
Species mustelina (Xestia mustelina - Hodges#10971)
Hodges Number
10971
Size
Forewing length is 14-16 mm, wingspan 32-38 mm.
Identification
The forewing is pale pinkish gray to gray with large discal spots outlined in black. Hindwings are pale smoky brown. (1), (2)
Range
Species occurs in the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia south to California.
Habitat
Found mainly in wet conifer forests.
Season
Adults fly mainly from mid-July to September.
Food
Larval feed on a variety of conifer species, especially Douglas-fir, true firs (Abies spp.), and hemlocks (Tsuga).
See Also
Might be confused with Anaplectoides pressus, but there usually is some green in the forewing. CBIF photos of both species
Works Cited
1.Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands
Jeffrey Miller, Paul Hammond. 2000. USDA Forest Service, FHTET-98-18.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Noctuiodea, Noctuinae, Noctuini (Part), Fascicle 27.3
J. Donald LaFontaine. 1998. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.