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Species Cycnia oregonensis - Oregon Cycnia - Hodges#8231

Oregon Cycnia - Cycnia oregonensis Oregon Cycnia - Cycnia oregonensis - male Oregon Cycnia - Cycnia oregonensis - male Erebidae: Cycnia oregonensis - Cycnia oregonensis - male Arctiinae, larva on dogbane - Cycnia oregonensis - male Cycnia oregonensis Oregon cycnia - Cycnia oregonensis - male Oregon Cycnia caterpillar - Cycnia oregonensis
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Phaegopterina
Genus Cycnia
Species oregonensis (Oregon Cycnia - Hodges#8231)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cycnia oregonensis (Stretch, [1874])
*Two subspecies are recognized.(1), (2)
Cycnia oregonensis oregonensis (Stretch, [1874])
Cycnia oregonensis tristis Crabo, 2013
* Phylogenetic sequence #930405
wingspan about 45 mm
forewing pale whitish-gray with white wing veins and no yellow along costa; top of head yellow; dorsal surface of abdomen orangish-yellow with large black spot on each segment.
Southern Canada and all of United States except southeastern states.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Fields, meadows, prairie grasslands.
adults fly from April to August
Larval hosts include:
Apocynum cannabinum L. ( Indian Hemp)
Apocynum androsaemifolium L. (spreading dogbane)
Life Cycle

PDF of life cycle by MJ Hatfield
See Also
Cycnia tenera forewing has yellow along the costa.

Cycnia inopinatus forewing has yellow at base of costa.

Print References
Crabo, Lars G., et. al. 2013. Five new species and three new subspecies of Erebidae and Noctuidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) from Northwestern North America, with notes on Chytolita Grote (Erebidae) and Hydraecia Guenée (Noctuidae).(1)
Works Cited
1.Five new species and three new subspecies of Erebidae and Noctuidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) from .....
Lars G. Crabo, Melanie Davis, Paul Hammond, Tomas Mustelin, Jon Shepard. 2013. ZooKeys 264: 85–123.
2.Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
J. Donald Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt . 2013. ZooKeys 264: 227-236.