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Species Pseudeva purpurigera - Straight-lined Looper - Hodges#8899

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Classification
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 Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Tribe Plusiini
Subtribe Euchalciina
Genus Pseudeva
Species purpurigera (Straight-lined Looper - Hodges#8899)
Hodges Number
8899
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pseudeva purpurigera (Walker, 1858)
Deva purpurigera Walker, 1858
Panchrysia purpurigera
* phylogenetic sequence #931184
Size
forewing length 14-16 mm (Pogue, 2005)(1)
Range
Alberta east to the Maritime Provinces, and discontinuously southward to Colorado, New Mexico, and eastern Arizona (Powell & Opler, 2009).(2)
Habitat
Open deciduous woodlands, edges, and meadows; adults are nocturnal and come to light (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Season
Adults fly in July and August in Alberta; June to September in Ohio.
Food
Larvae feed on Early Meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum) and Tall Meadow-rue (T. polygamum) - which is now called King of the Meadow (T. pubescens).
Life Cycle
Larva
See Also
Allagrapha aerea - forewing is darker and more uniformly colored.
Diachrysia aereoides - forewing is less mottled and less speckled (compare images of all 3 species at CBIF).
Pseudeva palligera - paler and less mottled, and occurs in west coast states and British Columbia, beyond the range of P. purpurigera (compare images of boths species at CBIF).
Print References
Eichlin, T. D. & H. B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (PDF)(3)
Hampson, G. F. 1913. Noctuidae. Cat. Lepid. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 13: 448
Lafontaine, J. D. & R. W. Poole 1991. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1: p.69; pl.1.37-38
Pogue, M. G. 2005. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Zootaxa 1032: 1–28 (PDF)(1)
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl.49.31m; p.278(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
E.H. Strickland Museum - species page
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus status and dates in Maryland (Larry Line, Maryland)
flight season in Ohio (Ohio State U.)
type specimen locality plus synonym, distribution map, larval foodplants, links to images, literature references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
distribution in Canada; list of provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Works Cited
1.The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Michael G, Pogue. 2005. Magnolia Press Zootaxa 1032: 1–28.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology
Thomas D. Eichlin, Hugh B. Cunningham. 1978. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1567: 1-121.