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Species Lasionycta mono - Hodges#10340.1

Moth at 14,000' elevation dining on polemonium eximium - Lasionycta mono Moth at 14,000' elevation dining on polemonium eximium - Lasionycta mono Moth at 14,000' elevation dining on polemonium eximium - Lasionycta mono
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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Eriopygini
Genus Lasionycta
Species mono (Lasionycta mono - Hodges#10340.1)
Hodges Number
10340.1
Explanation of Names
"The name refers to the type locality, Mono Pass. It is appropriate because the species is known from a singleton. It is a noun in apposition."(1)
Size
Forewing length=16 mm (this measurement is of the single known specimen at the time the species was described in 2009)(1)
Identification
"Lasionycta mono is a distinctive species from the high Sierra Nevada and can not be confused with any other Lasionycta. The forewing is checkered dark and light gray. The ventral hindwing is whitish gray with gray discal spot and distinct marginal band, and lacks a postmedial line. It is the smallest species in the sub-group (expanse 26 mm). The male valve appears to taper to a blunt terminus because it lacks a neck and the cucullus is barely wider than the adjacent valve. The digitus is cylindrical and extends well beyond the cucullus. The ventral hindwing resembles those of the L. staudingeri sub-group, but L. mono differs from this sub-group in having a long cylindrical digitus. The female of L. mono is unknown."(1)
Range
The species is known only from one specimen collected near Mono Pass, CA at 12,000 feet in elevation.(1)
Habitat
Most likely rocky tundra(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A Revision of Lasionycta (Aurivillius) Lepidoptera, Noctuidae for North America and notes on Eurasian species, with ....
Lars G. Crabo, J. Donald Lafontaine. 2009. ZooKeys 30: Special issue.