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Species Ctenucha brunnea - Brown Ctenucha - Hodges#8265

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Ctenuchina
Genus Ctenucha
Species brunnea (Brown Ctenucha - Hodges#8265)
Hodges Number
8265
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ctenucha brunnea Stretch, 1872
Explanation of Names
brunne is the Latin word for brown. (1)
Size
Forewing length 18-20 mm.(2)
Identification
Stretch (1872) original description and the Hampson (1898) description are both available online in the print references.
Forewings pale brown with black veins and blue spot at wing base, costa and fringe of outer margin is white.
Range
Coastal areas of central to southern California(3).
Specimens reported from Arizona and the Sierra Nevada may be misidentification according to McFarland.(2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Habitat
Coastal
Season
Powell & Opler (2009) reported May through July.(2)
Moth Photographers Group displays records to September. (4)
Food
Adults are often found at flowers of Heteromeles arbutifolia (Lindl.) M. Roem. (toyon) (2)
The larvae feed on grass species including Leymus condensatus (J. Presl) Á. Löve (giant ryegrass). (2)
Remarks
The population is in steady decline. (2)
Print References
Dyar, H.G., 1903, Bulletin of the United States National Museum. 52: 78.
Hampson. G.F., 1898. Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum. 529
Powell, J.A. & P.A., Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl.49.5, p. 274. (2)
Stretch, R.H., 1872. Illustrations of the Zyaeniae & Bombyciae of North America. 30.