Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syngrapha octoscripta (Grote, 1874)
Plusia 8-scripta Grote, 1874
Syngrapha magnifica Ottolengui, 1919
* phylogenetic sequence #931212
wingspan 34-36 mm (E.H. Strickland Museum)
Newfoundland west to central Alaska and Vancouver Island, from treeline in the north, south to the southern Prairie provinces in the west and Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the east (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Dry coniferous and mixedwood boreal forest; dry, sandy grasslands (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Adults fly from June to August.
Larvae feed on leaves of blueberry (Vaccinium
spp.) (Eichlin & Cunningham, 1978).(1)
Perhaps the host is bearberry/manzanita (Arctostaphylos
spp.) in its range where blueberry is not present (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Single brood per year; adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Eichlin, T. D. & H. B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (PDF
Lafontaine, J. D. & R. W. Poole 1991. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1: p.102; pl.3.6-8
Ottolengui, R. 1919. Notes on the Plusiinae, with description of new species and races. Jl. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 27(3-4): 124
(synonym Syngrapha magnifica