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Genus Achatia

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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 Orthosiini
Genus Achatia
Explanation of Names
ACHATIA: from the Latin "achates" (agate [the semiprecious stone]) - perhaps a reference to the adult's various colors arranged in stripes or bands, or blended together, as seen in the stone
1 species in North America (
wingspan about 40 mm
see species page for A. distincta
most of US (see distribution map)
in Canada, restricted to the interior (Manitoba to Quebec)
larvae found from April to June
adults fly in April and May
larvae feed on ash, birch, butternut, grape, hickory, maple, oak
Life Cycle
one generation per year
Internet References
pinned adult image of A. distincta (CBIF)
live larva image and description (Caterpillars of Eastern Forests)