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Species Hypena deceptalis - Deceptive Hypena - Hodges#8446

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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 Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Species deceptalis (Deceptive Hypena - Hodges#8446)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Deceptive Hypena
Basswood Owlet
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypena deceptalis Walker, 1859
Bomolocha deceptalis
Phylogenetic sequence # 930567
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena in America north of Mexico. (1)
wingspan 28-35 mm (2)
Adult: sexes dimorphic - male slightly larger than female and dark chocolate or sooty brown, slightly darker in median area of forewing, and paler near apex; antemedian and postmedian lines narrow, pale, nearly straight for most of length; subterminal line marked by series of blackish patches between veins, defined distally by pale crescents or pale broken line; orbicular spot black, reniform spot obscure. Female patterned like male but paler brown; terminal half of forewing even paler, contrasting with darker basal half. Hindwing dark brown, unmarked.
[adapted from description at U. of Alberta]

New Brunswick to Florida(3), west to Texas, north to Alberta
woodlands; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from April or May to August
larvae from May to November
larvae feed on leaves of American Basswood (Tilia americana) within its range; beyond the range of basswood, larvae feed on undetermined host(s)
Life Cycle
at least two generations per year
larva; larva; spent pupa; adult:
See Also
Red-footed Hypena - Hypena eductalis
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range maps, photos of living and pinned adults.
live adult images of males and females, plus description, foodplant, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)