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Species Xestia finatimis - Hodges#10972.1

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Xestia
Species finatimis (Xestia finatimis - Hodges#10972.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xestia finatimis Lafontaine, 1998
Phylogenetic Sequence # 933582
forewing length = 15-19 mm (1)
Xestia finatimis looks like a pale gray washed out form of Xestia infimatis. Forewing gray or brownish gray, usually with longitudinal brown streak distal to reniform spot; AM line dark gray and deeply zigzagged but inconspicuous due to blending in with dark-gray shading of veins; PM line deeply scalloped but inconspicuous with only small black dot at apex of scallops somewhat prominent; reniform spot rectangular, lower proximal corner stretches slightly toward wing base, filled with dark-gray with pale outline; orbicular spot oblique, elongate, almost bar-like, extending from costa to reniform spot, filled with pale gray, dark central bar in some specimens; claviform spot shows as elongate pale-gray filled loop; prominent black basal dash ends near claviform spot; ST area with series of dark gray-brown streaks that tend to fuse into triangular patch distal to reniform spot, similar smaller patch distal to claviform spot; terminal line black, deeply scalloped. Hindwing pale smoky gray brown, slightly darker on discal spot, median line and outer one-fourth of wing; terminal line dark brown, interrupted at veins; fringe pale gray. Description of genitalia available in MONA Fascicle 27-3 available at link under citations below. (1)
south British Columbia east to western Alberta, northern Idaho and northwest Montana and southward in coastal states to southern California (1)
dry pine forest (1)
adults from late July to mid-September in northern part of range; mid-August to mid-October in California (1)
The larvae are reported to feed on various hardwoods such as Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) in the Rosaceae and Alders (Alnus spp.) in the Betulaceae. (2)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico, Noctuiodea, Noctuinae, Noctuini (Part), Fascicle 27.3
J. Donald LaFontaine. 1998. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.Pacific Northwest Moths