Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pseudeva purpurigera (Walker, 1858)
Deva purpurigera Walker, 1858
* phylogenetic sequence #931184
forewing length 14-16 mm (Pogue, 2005)(1)
Alberta east to the Maritime Provinces, and discontinuously southward to Colorado, New Mexico, and eastern Arizona (Powell & Opler, 2009).(2)
Open deciduous woodlands, edges, and meadows; adults are nocturnal and come to light (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Adults fly in July and August in Alberta; June to September in Ohio.
- forewing is darker and more uniformly colored.
- forewing is less mottled and less speckled (compare images
of all 3 species at CBIF).
- paler and less mottled, and occurs in west coast states and British Columbia, beyond the range of P. purpurigera
of boths species at CBIF).
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
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
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl.49.31m; p.278(2)
pinned adult image
by John Glaser, plus status and dates in Maryland (Larry Line, Maryland)
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)