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Species Cerastis salicarum - Willow Dart - Hodges#10996

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Cerastis
Species salicarum (Willow Dart - Hodges#10996)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly Metalepsis salicarum
Explanation of Names
SALICARUM: perhaps a reference to the willow genus Salix, the presumed larval food plant, and origin of the common name Willow Dart
apparently uncommon, judging from the small amount of info and records on the web
wingspan 30-40 mm
V-shaped medial line on forewing is most noticeable feature, bordered basally by light brown area, and distally by dark brown (the line appears as a W-shape in moths at rest with wings held together over back); transverse ridge of raised scales in basal area gives the appearance of a "moth with shoulder pads"; claviform spot dark brown, cone-shaped, very conspicuous, descending from double AM line; subterminal area dark, bordered basally by pale ST line
coast to coast in southern Canada (plus Northwest Territories) and northern United States, south in the east to Maryland
adults fly from late March/early April to late May/early June
larvae presumably feed on willow (Salix spp.)
Life Cycle
overwinters in pupa stage; adults emerge in spring
Metalepsis is now considered a subgenus of Cerastis (see Crabo and Lafontaine)