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Species Lithophane disposita - Dashed Gray Pinion - Hodges#9892

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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species disposita (Dashed Gray Pinion - Hodges#9892)
Hodges Number
9892
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1874 by Morrison
Numbers
one of 51 species in this genus in North America
Size
wingspan about 36 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing tan to light brownish-gray with indistinct lines; orbicular and reniform spots outlined in black and filled with ground color; black basal dash and two dark wedge-shaped dashes in subterminal area near anal angle and apex; hindwing medium gray with dark veins and discal spot, and pale fringe

Larva: body greenish-gray with blackish dorsal chevrons and numerous white dots (see image by T. McCabe at CBIF)

Range
Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania and Washington DC, west to Alberta and adjacent northern states
Habitat
moist woods and meadows, river and lake edges; adults are nocturnal and come to light and bait
Season
adults fly in September and October, and again in April and May
larvae present in June and July
Food
larvae feed on leaves of willow (Salix spp.), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), and American Elm (Ulmus americana)
Life Cycle
overwinters as an adult; one generation per year
Internet References
live adult image plus description, flight season, larval foodplants (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
live and pinned adult images by Hugh McGuinness and James Adams (Dalton State College, Georgia)
5 pinned adult images and site location map (All-Leps)
live larva image by T. McCabe (CBIF)
common name reference; PDF doc [Dashed Gray Pinion] plus distribution, larval foodplants and seasonality (David Wagner et al, Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, U. of Connecticut)
29 specimen records with dates and locations in various parts of Canada (U. of Alberta)
distribution in Canada; list of provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
distribution in United States; list (Dalton State College, Georgia)