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Species Spargaloma sexpunctata - Six-spotted Gray - Hodges#8479

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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 Boletobiinae
Tribe Phytometrini
Genus Spargaloma
Species sexpunctata (Six-spotted Gray - Hodges#8479)
Hodges Number
8479
Numbers
the only species in this genus in North America; uncommon
Size
wingspan 25-29 mm
Identification
forewing violet-gray with tiny black orbicular spot and three small black dots in a narrow triangle near apex; dark gray median band has sharp border proximally, diffuse border distally
hindwing brownish-gray with two wavy bands medially and dashed subterminal line
Range
British Columbia to Nova Scotia, south to Virginia, west to California
Season
adults fly from May to September (May to July/August in north)
Food
larvae feed on leaves of dogbane (Apocynum)
Life Cycle
Larva; adult
Internet References
live adult images plus description, larval food plant, and flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult image (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image plus other info (California Dept. of Food & Agriculture)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
common name reference plus larval food plant and flight season (Ohio State U.)
MPG Species Page - Images of live & pinned adults