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Species Lithophane oriunda - Immigrant Pinion - Hodges#9894

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species oriunda (Immigrant Pinion - Hodges#9894)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described by Grote in 1874
uncommon to rare throughout its range
wingspan about 34 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing dark brown with tan strip and dark markings along costa; reniform and orbicular spots with pale perimeter; reniform spot pale in upper half and dark in lower half; orbicular spot oblique and completely filled by ground color; claviform spot represented by black rounded V-shaped line extending into median area; subterminal line pale, irregular; hindwing grayish-brown with dark veins and discal spot

Larva: early instars green with white lines and tubercles; older instars brown or gray with mottled pattern
northeastern United States plus Quebec and Ontario
adults usually seen in spring (late March to late May) but may also be found in fall and rarely in winter
larvae feed on leaves of Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Life Cycle
overwinters as an adult
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus status in Maryland, flight dates, and foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)
3 pinned adult images plus collection site map showing presence in Quebec (All-Leps)
description of larva (Dale Schweitzer, U. of Massachusetts, courtesy Yale U., Connecticut)
flight dates plus foodplants and status in Ohio (Ohio State U.)
foodplant; PDF doc plus flight season and status in Quebec (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Quebec)