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Species Lithophane pexata - Plush-naped Pinion - Hodges#9922

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species pexata (Plush-naped Pinion - Hodges#9922)
Hodges Number
wingspan about 37 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing dark brownish-gray with prominent white strip bordering basal dash, slightly curved as viewed from above; reniform spot large, filled with dull orange; orbicular spot oval, oblique, with rounded top (nearest costa); reniform and orbicular spots outlined in black; short black bar connects bottom of claviform spot with PM line; paler brownish shading inside subterminal line; whitish spot often present near anal angle; hindwing with brownish-gray shading, paler basally, gray discal lunule and dull yellowish fringe
Newfoundland to British Columbia and adjacent northern states; apparently absent from Saskatchewan
riparian areas and sphagnum bogs containing alder
adults usually seen in early spring and in fall; occasionally active on sunny days in winter
larvae feed on leaves of alder (Alnus spp.)
Life Cycle
two generations per year; overwinters as an adult
See Also
Ashen Pinion (Lithophane antennata) has pale gray basal area rather than a white strip
Bailey's Pinion (L. baileyi) has a longer and straighter white basal strip, and the orbicular spot is flat-topped (nearest the costa), like an open U shape
Lithophane tepida forewing is lighter gray, and has prominent double AM and PM lines
(compare images of all four species at CBIF)
Internet References
live adult images plus description, food plant, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult images and common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
food plant; PDF doc plus flight season and life cycle (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Quebec)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
presence in Ohio listed as rare (Ohio State U.)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)