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Species Lithophane antennata - Ashen Pinion - Hodges#9910

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species antennata (Ashen Pinion - Hodges#9910)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Larva is one of many species called "green fruitworm"
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lithophane antennata
wingspan 35-42 mm
Adult: forewing pale gray; spots and lines black but very thin and inconspicuous; basal black dash with white edge above; paler gray area between basal dash and costa; orbicular spot double, with pale gray filling; reniform spot filled with reddish-brown and a bit of black at lower end; look for faint black outline of claviform spot; hindwing grayish-brown with slightly darker discal spot and median line [description by Charles Covell]

Larva: green with continuous yellowish dorsal, broken subdorsal and supraspiracular, and broad spiracular stripes; setae arise from whitish spots; each segment with 2 white dots to either side of middorsal stripe (green fruitworms in Orthosia and related genera have 1 or no clearly defined dorsal spots); head green, shiny with creamy upper lip [description by Wagner and Giles]
New Brunswick to South Carolina, west to Mississippi and Manitoba
Adults fly from March to May, and again from September to November (may occasionally fly on sunny days in winter); larvae in May and June
Larvae feed on leaves of apple, ash, cherry, crabapple, elm, hickory, maple, oak, peach, pear, plum, willow.
They have been observed to feed on winter moth caterpillars and sawfly larvae (Sam Jaffe's observation, here, also B. Moisset, here)
Life Cycle
One generation per year; overwinters as an adult
Internet References
live adult images plus description, larval foodplants, and flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live and pinned adult images plus dates and larval foodplants (Larry Line, Maryland)
live larva image plus description, foodplants, season (David Wagner and Valerie Giles, Caterpillars of Eastern Forests; USGS)
common name reference plus larval foodplants and flight season (Ohio State U.)