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Species Trichordestra prodeniformis - Hodges#10309

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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 Hadenini
Genus Trichordestra
Species prodeniformis (Trichordestra prodeniformis - Hodges#10309)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lacanobia prodeniformis
described in 1888 by Smith, who originally placed it in genus Mamestra
Explanation of Names
proden = disclosing or avowing + formis = shape or form (Google Translate )
Perhaps relates to the "prominent W-shape" (RLZ)
wingspan about 35 mm, based on two Internet photos
Adult: forewing dark gray with silvery shading in subterminal, lower median, and costal areas; orbicular spot oblong, oblique, rimmed in white; paler grayish-brown shading along inner margin; subterminal line silvery white, with prominent W-shaped jog near middle; hindwing dirty white basally, shading to gray distally, with dark veins and pale fringe
California to Texas
adults fly in summer