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Species Psammopolia arietis - Hodges#10364

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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 Eriopygini
Genus Psammopolia
Species arietis (Psammopolia arietis - Hodges#10364)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psammopolia arietis (Grote, 1879)
original combination Mamestra arietis Grote, 1879; Bull. U.S. Geol. & Geog. Surv. Terr. 5 : 207
Lasionycta arietis
Lasionycta etacta
* phylogenetic sequence #933011
Adult: forewing light gray with thick white scalloped AM and PM lines bordered in black; reniform and orbicular spots large, pale; fringe checkered; hindwing pale yelllowish-gray with whitish median band; top of head and thorax same color as forewing; top of abdomen same color as hindwing
California to British Columbia; type specimen collected in California
Pacific coastal beaches
adults fly from June to September
larvae feed on Silky Beach Pea (Lathyrus littoralis), Coastal Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia), and Beach Knotweed (Polygonum paronychia)
See Also
related species lack a thick white AM and PM line on the forewing (compare images of several species by various photographers at MPG)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
presence in California; list of 2 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Oregon; list citing 27 specimens in collection, including locally collected specimens (Oregon State U.)
distribution in Canada British Columbia only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
larval foodplants plus links and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
habitat; PDF doc (COSEWIC, Canadian Wildlife Service)