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Species Apamea helva - Yellow Three-Spot - Hodges#9373

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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 Apameini
Genus Apamea
Species helva (Yellow Three-Spot - Hodges#9373)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apamea helva – (Grote, 1875)
formerly Agroperina helva, and formerly placed in subfamily Amphipyrinae
64 species of Apamea are found in America north of Mexico (a)
wingspan 35-41 mm
Adult: forewing dull orangish-yellow with broken gray lines and three gray patches: at costa above reniform spot, in lower half of reniform spot, and near apex; subterminal line broken near costa (a distinctive feature); hindwing grayish-brown with dark dots along orangish-yellow outer margin
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]
New Brunswick to Georgia, west to Oklahoma and Colorado, north to Saskatchewan
adults fly from July to September
larvae feed on sod grasses
See Also
Bicolored Sallow (Sunira bicolorago) is similar but forewing subterminal line is continuous from inner margin to costa, and the moth flies from September to November/December (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. P. 74 (a) (PDF download)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species account with photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photographs of pinned adults and DNA sequence
Moth Photographers Group - photo of pinned adult and related species.
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)