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Species Xystopeplus rufago - Red-winged Sallow - Hodges#9942

Xystopeplus rufago Red-winged Sallow - Hodges#9942 - Xystopeplus rufago Xystopeplus rufago? I'd appreciate any comments on this moth. - Xystopeplus rufago Red-winged Sallow Moth - Hodges #9942 - Xystopeplus rufago Red-winged Sallow - Xystopeplus rufago Xystopeplus rufago 3/22/18 moth - Xystopeplus rufago Xystopeplus rufago (Red-Winged Sallow) - Xystopeplus rufago
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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 Xystopeplus
Species rufago (Red-winged Sallow - Hodges#9942)
Hodges Number
9942
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xystopeplus rufago (Hübner, 1818)
Explanation of Names
rufago means reddish (1) which applies equally well to the adult and caterpillar.
Size
Wingspan 3-3.5cm (2)
Larva to 3cm (3)
Range
Maine south to Florida, west to Minnesota and Texas (3)(2)
Habitat
Woodlands and forests (3)
Season
Flies October to May, but mostly March to May (2)
Caterpillars from May to July (3)
Food
Prefers oak, but will eat many woody species including cherry, blueberry, hazel, poplar and sourwood (3)
Remarks
Wagner believes the conspicuous color of the larva suggests that it feeds at night and hides in leaf litter during the day (3).
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of the Roots and Combining Forms of Scientific Words
Tim Williams. 2006. Squirrox Press.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.