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Species Lithophane lemmeri - Lemmer's Pinion - Hodges#9899

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species lemmeri (Lemmer's Pinion - Hodges#9899)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Lemmer's Noctuid Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Graptolitha lemmeri Barnes and McDunnough 1929
"An outlier of a complex of species in the southwest US; all feed on CUPRESSACEAE and the group seems to merit at least subgeneric status. Previous questions (e.g. see Schweitzer, 1989) regarding conspecificity of various east coast populations have been mostly resolved by him. Specimens from Missouri are a new species (very different male genitalia). Those from New Jersey and Connecticut to Florida and Mississippi are all true Lithophane lemmeri." - NatureServe
Explanation of Names
Patronym for Lepidopterist Frederick Lemmer who studied Noctuidae moths in New England.
wingspan ~40 mm - NatureServe
New Jersey and Connecticut to Florida and Mississippi are all true Lithophane lemmeri. - NatureServe
Will be found more widely in the southeastern piedmont and coastal plain. - NatureServe
Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) and red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) NatureServe
Its apparent abundance in central and west Austin, Texas, suggests that it may also use the closely-related Ashe juniper (J. ashei).
Life Cycle
Adults hibernate, and in New Jersey occur from November into April, rarely even May, with mating mostly in March. Larvae are slow growing and occur from late April to late June, with a few into July. NatureServe
Conservation Status: G3 - per NatureServe
Print References
Schweitzer, D.F. 1989. A review of Category 2 Insecta in USFWS regions 3, 4, 5. Prepared for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
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