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Species Cutina distincta - Distinguished Cypress Owlet - Hodges#8729

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Euclidiini
Genus Cutina
Species distincta (Distinguished Cypress Owlet - Hodges#8729)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cutina distincta (Grote(1), 1883)
Eustrotia distincta Grote, 1882
Phylogenetic sequence # 930964
Forewing length: (2)
♂ 9.6-11.8 mm.
♀ 10-11.6 mm.
Pogue & Ferguson (1998) revised description is available online in PDF. (2)
The original description as Eustrotia distincta Grote, is available online in the print references below.
Adult: forewing gray with blackish shading inside AM line, and blackish patches in subapical and anal angle areas; median area white or pale basally, and shaded with gray distally; AM line almost straight; PM line curved, with large hump and small point beyond reniform spot; hindwing brownish-gray or greenish-gray.
Eastern United States: Florida to Texas, north to Maryland and Kentucky. (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (2)
Swamps, streamsides, and other cypress wetlands.
Pogue & Ferguson (1998) reported the flight from late February to September. (2)
Pogue & Ferguson (1998) reported larval host as Taxodium sp. (cypress). (2)
Life Cycle
Multiple generations per year.
See Also
Other species of Cutina have a different pattern on the forewing.
Small size and forewing pattern reminiscent of some geometrid moths in the tribe Hydriomenini.
Print References
Grote, A.R. 1882. Some new Noctuidae and notes. Papilio 11: 184.
Internet References
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Kentucky; county map plus dates and locations (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
presence in Maryland pinned adult image by John Glaser plus dates and presumed larval foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)