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Species Cucullia laetifica - Hodges#10191

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Classification
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 Cuculliinae
Genus Cucullia (Hooded Owlets)
Species laetifica (Cucullia laetifica - Hodges#10191)
Hodges Number
10191
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cucullia laetifica Lintner, 1875
Cucullia cita Grote, 1883
Cucullia hartmanni French, 1888
Phylogenetic sequence # 931519
Size
Hampson (1906) listed the wingspan 44-46 mm.
Identification
Hampson described the larva. description.
Range
Arizona to Texas, Kansas to Utah.
Habitat
Short grass prairie and desert shrub. (1)
Season
Adults fly May through September.
Food
Larval hostplant is Chrysothamnus sp. (rabbitbush)
HOSTS database lists Boerhavia sp. (spiderling)
See Also
Many Cucullia species are similar and can be difficult to determine from photos.
Print References
French, 1888. The Canadian Entomologist, (4): 69
Grote, 1883. Papilio, 3 (4): 75
Hampson, 1906. Cat. Lep Phalaenae Brit. Mus. 6 (Noctuidae): 52.
Poole, R.W., 1995. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 26.1. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 49; pl. 1.32-33.(2)