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Genus Pyreferra

Sallow caterpillar - Pyreferra Yellow and white caterpillar on witch hazel leaf - Pyreferra caterpillar - bailey's or warm gray pinion? - Pyreferra pettiti Pyreferra citrombra - Citrine Sallow - Hodges#9930 - Pyreferra citrombra Moth ID Request:  Pyreferra pettiti, P. slotteni or just Pyreferra sp.? - Pyreferra Pyreferra slotteni Moth Citrine Sallow - Pyreferra Pyreferra pettiti? - Pyreferra
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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Pyreferra
5 species in North America (
wingspan in 34-38 mm range
forewing pale yellowish to dark orangish with three fairly straight lines crossing wing: an AM, PM, and median line; orbicular and reniform spots with faint outline and filled with same color as forewing; thorax same color or slightly darker than forewing (collar and top of head may be even darker); abdomen paler, usually yellowish or brownish
hindwing fairly uniformly-colored, pale whitish to yellowish to light brown
Nova Scotia to northern Florida, west to Arkansas, north to Wisconsin and Ontario
adults fly in spring and fall, usually March-May and September-November but varies according to species
leaves of shrubs and trees - varies according to species
Life Cycle
one or two generations per year; overwinters as an adult
Internet References
pinned adult images of all 4 species in North America (CBIF)