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Species Syngrapha ignea - Mountain Beauty - Hodges#8949

Looper - Syngrapha ignea Syngrapha ignea Syngrapha ignea maybe - Syngrapha ignea Mountain Beauty - Syngrapha ignea Brown mountain moth - Syngrapha ignea Brown Colorado moth - Syngrapha ignea Syngrapha ignea, Mountain Beauty - Syngrapha ignea Celery Looper Moth? - Syngrapha ignea
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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 Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Tribe Plusiini
Subtribe Plusiina
Genus Syngrapha
Species ignea (Mountain Beauty - Hodges#8949)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syngrapha ignea (Grote, 1864)
Plusia ignea Grote, 1864
Caloplusia ignea
Caloplusia simulans McDunnough, 1944
* phylogenetic sequence #931223
forewing length 13-16 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009)(1)
wingspan 29-32 mm (E.H. Strickland Museum)
Northern Alaska south to southern California, east to Colorado and New Mexico (E.H. Strickland Museum; Eichlin & Cunningham, 1978(2)).
Only European hosts are know. Larvae have been reared on blueberry (Vaccinium) and willow (Salix) (E.H. Strickland Museum).
See Also
S. alticola, which has darker, with a shorter stigma and a more zigzag terminal line. Other Syngrapha species with yellow hindwings (borea, orophila, microgamma) have mainly grey forewings and different stigmas. Autographa sansoni is larger and has pale yellow hindwings (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Print References
Eichlin, T. D. & H. B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122 (PDF)(2)
Grote, A. R. 1863. Additions to the catalogue of U.S. Lepidoptera. Proc. Ent. Soc. Philadelphia 2(3): 274
Lafontaine, J. D. & R. W. Poole, 1991. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1: p.113; pl.3.28-30
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl.50.4f; p.279.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
E.H. Strickland Museum - species page
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology
Thomas D. Eichlin, Hugh B. Cunningham. 1978. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1567: 1-121.