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Species Dypterygia rozmani - American Bird's-Wing - Hodges#9560

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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 Dypterygiini
Genus Dypterygia
Species rozmani (American Bird's-Wing - Hodges#9560)
Hodges Number
9560
Size
wingspan 34-39 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing very dark brown or gray (almost black) with fine black lines and whitish or pale brown area near anal angle that resembles a bird in flight; pale area extends along inner margin to base; hindwing grayish-brown, lighter than forewing
Range
eastern North America: Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Texas, north to Saskatchewan
Season
adults fly from May to August
Food
larvae feed on dock (Rumex spp.) and smartweed (Polygonum spp.)
Life Cycle
Larva; adult
See Also
very similar to the European Bird's Wing (D. scabriuscula) but the forewing "bird in flight" marking is diagnostic in North America
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults
live adult image plus description, larval host plants, and flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
common name reference plus host plants and flight season (Ohio State U.)
presence in Texas; list (Dale Clark, Texas)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)