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Species Xestia elimata - Southern Variable Dart - Hodges#10967

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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 elimata (Southern Variable Dart - Hodges#10967)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Variable Climbing Caterpillar
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xestia elimata (Guenée, 1852)
Xestia grisatra Smith 1907 is syn.
Phylogenetic sequence # 933583
one of fifty species in the genus for America north of Mexico. (1)
wingspan is about 42 mm
eastern North America
New England south to Georgia west to Texas (at least)
record from Bastrop State Park, Bastrop Co., TX (C. Bordelon & E. Knudson)
forested areas of hard Pines (Pinus)
adults fly September to October, probably single brood
larva feed on Pine (Pinus) species
See Also
*both of these species have no significant difference in genitalia and DNA compared to Xestia elimata , suggesting they may be in fact one species. Notes on BOLD species account
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D., 1998. The Moths of North America Fascicle 27.3, p. 127; plate 3.16-17. (2)