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Species Lithophane longior - Hodges#9898

Madera caterpillar - Lithophane longior hornless caterpillar - Lithophane longior Lithophane longior - female Lithophane longior - female
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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 longior (Lithophane longior - Hodges#9898)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xylina longior (Smith, 1899)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932569
Wingspan 40mm to 45mm.
Larva to 35mm to 40mm.
Adult forewing pale gray with vague markings and a dark gray median band. Occasionally with a black streak running somewhat parallel to inner margin. Hindwing gray.

Larva is green with large wavy white spots forming a partial to complete subspiracular stripe. On abdominal segments each spot starts below the spiracle, rising up level to the spiracle, but not touching it, before angling back downwards. On the first thoracic segment the spot is level and passes through the lower edge of the spiracle. A slightly smaller subdorsal stripe of similar pattern is also present. Setae from white bases.
Ranges across western North America. (1)
Juniper woodlands. (1)
Adults can be found in early spring and again in the fall.
Larvae are present late spring through early summer. (1)
One-seed Juniper (Juniperus monosperma). (2)