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Species Sunira verberata - Battered Sallow - Hodges#9960

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Sunira
Species verberata (Battered Sallow - Hodges#9960)
Hodges Number
9960
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sunira verberata (Smith, 1904)
Agrochola verberata (Smith, 1904)
Orthosia verberata Smith, 1904
Phylogenetic sequence # 932618 (1)
Size
Wingspan about 30-35 mm.
Identification
Adult: forewing similar to Bicolored Sallow (except there are no individuals whose outer half is completely purplish-gray, as in some bicolorago); hindwing usually evenly shaded with gray except for sharply-defined pale strip along costa; some individuals of bicolorago and verberata have virtually identical hindwings -- either mostly gray or entirely gray -- and can't be reliably distinguished by external appearance (see links and info in See Also section below)
Range
Alaska and British Columbia to Nova Scotia (but missing from Ontario), south in the west to Oregon and Colorado
Habitat
deciduous woodlands; adults are nocturnal and come to light and sugar bait
Season
adults fly in late summer and fall
Food
unknown; larva has not been described
Life Cycle
one generation per year
See Also
Bicolored Sallow (Sunira bicolorago) hindwing gray shading usually less extensive, more diffuse, and less sharply-defined than in verberata
Sunira decipiens has less gray shading on forewing, and no gray shading on hindwing
(compare images of all three species at CBIF)
Print References
Smith, J.B., 1904. New Noctuidae for 1904. The Canadian Entomologist 36, n. 6, p.153.
Internet References
species account including pinned adult image, habitat, flight season, description, biology, distribution (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
distribution in Canada listing provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)