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Species Cerastis cornuta - Hodges#10995

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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 Cerastis
Species cornuta (Cerastis cornuta - Hodges#10995)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cerastis cornuta (Grote, 1874)
Metalepsis cornuta (Grote, 1874)
Pachnobia cornuta Grote, 1874
Phylogenetic sequence # 933538 (1)
Forewing length 11-13 mm.
Adult distinguished from the very similar Cerastis robertsoni by differences in genitalia: in males of cornuta, the vesica is straight beyond the basal turn; in females of cornuta, the corpus bursae is constricted posteriorly, the appendix bursae is even in width throughout its length, and the ductus bursae is shorter.
There are no reliable characters for separating these species without dissection. (2)
central California along the coast from Humboldt County to San Luis Obispo County, according to these records from U. of California at Berkeley
adults fly from December to April
page creation based on identification of this image by personnel at BOLD.
Print References
Crabo, L. & J.D. Lafontaine. 1997. A revision of the Cerastis cornuta group of genus Cerastis subgenus Metalepsis (Noctuidae). J. Lep. Soc. 51(3):237-248.(2)
Lafontaine, J.D., 1998. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.3: p. 43; pl. 1.21-23.
Internet References
presence in California; list of 8 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.A revision of the Cerastis cornuta group of the genus Cerastis subgenus Metalepsis (Noctuidae)
Lars Crabo, J Donald Lafontaine. 1997. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 51(3): 237-248.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems