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Species Euxoa detersa - Rubbed Dart - Hodges#10838

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Agrotina
Genus Euxoa
No Taxon (Subgenus Euxoa)
Species detersa (Rubbed Dart - Hodges#10838)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Sandhill Cutworm (larva)
Sand Cutworm (larva)
2 subspecies: E. d. detersa and E. d. personata listed at All-Leps
wingspan 30-35 mm (1)
larvae to 34 mm
Adult: forewing yellowish to dark brown, dark specimens tinted with gray; lines double, white-edged; orbicular and reniform spots whitish with dark brown outlines, and dots in their centers; hindwing dark brown (1)
E. d. detersa typical form has pale strip along costa of forewing, and dark shading between reniform and orbicular spots (see example from Maryland); another form from Canada and the Great Lakes lacks the pale strip and is more uniformly colored (see example at CBIF)

Larva: body white to pale gray; pulsations in blood vessel along back can be seen through cuticle; faint chalky-white stripes on back and sides; head dull reddish-brown
[description by U. of Illinois]
Newfoundland to North Carolina, west to Nebraska, north to Alberta and Northwest Territories
Covell's Guide (1) gives a southern limit of South Carolina but there are no Euxoa species on this list from Furman U. nor this list from the Dominick Collection in South Carolina
sandy habitats: beaches, river shores, dunes, sandy agricultural fields, dry grasslands
adults visit flowers such as goldenrod during the day, and come to light at night
adults fly from July to October
larvae feed on corn, grasses, cranberry, saltwort, sea-rocket, various garden crops and commercial grains
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as a partially-grown larva
Larvae construct subterranean burrows to feed on underground portions of host plants, and can be very destructive in fields planted in sandy soils.

"The commonest autumn dart to be found supping nectar from flower in the daytime." (Comment by David Beadle)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.