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Species Xestia smithii - Smith's Dart - Hodges#10944

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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 Xestia
Species smithii (Smith's Dart - Hodges#10944)
Hodges Number
wingspan 35-40 mm
forewing varies from pinkish to reddish or grayish-brown, with slightly darker shading in median area and beyond PM line; small black blotch on costa near apex is sharpest dark marking; lines double, grayish, faint
hindwing grayish-brown [description by Charles Covell]
throughout United States, and every province and territory of Canada except Nunavut
adults fly from June to October
larvae feed on alder, apple, avens, dock, false hellebore, grape, nettle, raspberry, salmonberry, strawberry, thimbleberry, violet, white birch
Internet References
live adult and larva images and food plants (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
live adult images (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
adult images and food plants (Larry Line, Maryland)
US distribution map (Moths of North America; USGS)
common name reference plus food plants and flight season (Ohio State U.)