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Species Macrochilo hypocritalis - Twin-dotted Macrochilo - Hodges#8357.1

Slant-lined Owlet? - Macrochilo hypocritalis - male Poss Twin-dotted Macrochilo - Macrochilo hypocritalis Erebidae - Macrochilo hypocritalis - female Macrochilo - Macrochilo hypocritalis - female Moth - Macrochilo hypocritalis - male Twin-dotted Macrochilo Moth - Macrochilo hypocritalis Macrochilo hypocritalis Macrochilo hypocritalis - female
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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 Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Macrochilo
Species hypocritalis (Twin-dotted Macrochilo - Hodges#8357.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macrochilo hypocritalis Ferguson, 1982, n. sp.: Entomography, 1: 303–332.
Hormisa hypocritalis
* phylogenetic sequence #930509
Seven Macrochilo species occur in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan about 18 mm.
In hypocritalis the ST line stops just shy of the apex (actually stopping against the distal edge just below the apex), whereas in absorptalis, it reaches the apex. (J.D. Roberts)

Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD) from Mark Dreiling.
Eastern US; does not fly in Canada [though a recent record from Michigan's thumb suggests that it should be looked for in southern Ontario]
Moth Photographers Group has large range map.
Open, herb-dominated wetlands, including salt and freshwater marshes and wet, sedgy swales.
Adults are nocturnal and come to light.
See Also
Macrochilo hypocritalis and M. absorptalis forewings have more prominent PM and ST lines (compare images of these and related species at Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 23.(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, live and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .