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Species Helotropha reniformis - Kidney-spotted Rustic - Hodges#9453

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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 Apameini
Genus Helotropha
Species reniformis (Kidney-spotted Rustic - Hodges#9453)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Celaena reniformis
described in 1874 by Grote, who originally placed it in genus Luperina
wingspan about 37 mm, based on two photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing dark brown with lighter brown subterminal band and small basal patch; reniform spot either solid white or brown with white outline and white streak in middle; two diverging white lines extend from inner corner of reniform spot into subterminal area (these lines may be lacking in specimens with solid white reniform spot); orbicular spot an oblique rounded rectangle, brown with white outline; pale yellowish-brown patch at apex; hindwing dirty white, shading to gray distally, with dark veins and pale fringe
coast to coast in southern Canada and northern United States, south in the west to California
wet meadows, marshes; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from August to October in Alberta
larvae feed on sedges (Cyperaceae) and rarely corn
Life Cycle
one generation per year
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (1)
Pacific Northwest Moths – detailed description & images of pinned adults (2)
Presence in Alberta; list of 87 specimen records with dates and locations, plus common name reference [Kidney-spotted Rustic] (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)