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Species Caradrina morpheus - Mottled Rustic - Hodges#9653

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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 Caradrinini
Subtribe Caradrinina
Genus Caradrina
Species morpheus (Mottled Rustic - Hodges#9653)
Hodges Number
wingspan 32-38 mm
larvae length to 33 mm
Adult: forewing light to medium brown with dark brown orbicular spot, reniform spot, and broad subterminal band; faint reddish-orange streak running through orbicular and reniform spots is distinctive; brown-on-brown forewing color is unusual in noctuid moths; hindwing dirty white with fine dark terminal line and dark discal spot

Larva: head small, black; body almost hairless, pale yellowish with light brown dorsal band across each abdominal segment; spiracles black, connected by thin dark lateral line
a Eurasian species accidentally introduced to both coasts of North America; currently occurs in NB, QC, ON in the east, and AB, BC, OR, WA in the west
occurs throughout Eurasia from Scandinavia and the UK to Siberia and Korea
woodlands, bogs, suburban yards; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from May to August; peak numbers in July
larvae from August to November
larvae feed on a variety of low-growing plants, especially Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), nettle (Urtica spp.), and Prostrate Knotweed (Polygonum aviculare)
Life Cycle
overwinters as a mature larva in an earthen cocoon within which it pupates in early spring; usually one generation per year, sometimes two
Internet References
live adult and larva images plus common name reference, description, biology, foodplants, flight season, etc. (R. Thompson and B. Nelson, Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland)
pinned adult images of male and female (Markku Savela, Finland)
twelve live adult images (BioPix, Denmark)
live adult images and larval foodplants (Christine Corver, Butterflies and Moths of the Netherlands)
live adult image plus description, habitat, flight season, foodplants (Ian Kimber, UK Moths)
pinned adult image plus habitat, description, distribution, flight season, foodplants (G.G. Anweiler, Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
live adult image (Jens Christian Schou, Denmark)
pinned adult image, distribution and biology (
pinned adult and live larva images (E. Johnson, Swedish Museum of Natural History)
presence in Oregon; list (Oregon State U.)