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Species Psaphida electilis - Chosen Sallow - Hodges#10012

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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 Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Psaphidina
Genus Psaphida
Species electilis (Chosen Sallow - Hodges#10012)
Hodges Number
10012
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eutolype electilis
described in 1875 by Morrison, who originally placed it in genus Dicopis
Explanation of Names
ELECTILIS: means "elected" - hence the common name of "Chosen" Sallow, but I don't know how the name applies to the species [RM]
Size
wingspan about 35 mm, based on three photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
larva length to 40 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing pattern and color apparently varies geographically - northern individuals have reddish-brown shading inside basal streak, anal angle patch, and reniform spot (as in photo below)

whereas southern individuals have no brown but may have blackish streak running length of wing (as in photo below)

hindwing white basally, shading to pale gray distally, with thin dark terminal line

Larva: body whitish to yellowish-green above cream-colored lateral stripe, and bluish-green below; conspicuous white hairs have bases that are whitened, raised, and pimple-like; head pale green, smooth, shiny
Range
Quebec and Ontario to Florida, west to Texas and Wisconsin
Habitat
deciduous woodlands; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly in April and May
larvae present from mid to late spring
Food
larvae feed on leaves of hickory (Carya spp.) and walnut (Juglans spp.)
Life Cycle
one generation per year; eggs are laid on buds of hostplant; overwinters as a pupa in soil, sometimes for more than a single year
Remarks
As Dean Edwards noted, the coloration of this species shows geographical variation: northern specimens tend to have dark gray forewings with contrasting reddish-brown markings; southern specimens are usually paler gray and less contrasting overall, with little or no brown in the forewings.
Internet References
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images plus description, foodplants, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult images and other info (Dean Edwards, Tennessee)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
3 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
larvae description; Word doc plus biology, foodplants, distribution, notes (David Wagner et al, Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, U. of Connecticut)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
distribution in Canada Quebec and Ontario only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
common name reference and larval foodplants (Ohio State U.)