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Species Cryptocala acadiensis - Catocaline Dart - Hodges#11012

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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 Noctuina
Genus Cryptocala
Species acadiensis (Catocaline Dart - Hodges#11012)
Hodges Number
the only species in this genus in North America
wingspan 25-30 mm
forewing olive-green or various shades of brown with light gray costal border expanding downward to include reniform spot; median area grayish brown, bordered by sharply-scalloped AM and PM lines; pale subterminal area has wavy gray ST line that terminates as a blackish patch at the costa; a second blackish patch midway along costa; terminal band black
hindwing bright yellow centrally with broad blackish border and yellow fringe
coast to coast in southern Canada and northern United States
adults fly from June to August
larvae feed on arrowhead (Sagittaria spp.), cherry, dock (Rumex spp.), dogbane (Apocynum spp.), elderberry (Sambucus spp.), meadowsweet (Spiraea spp.), St. Johnswort (Hypericum spp.), and yarrow
Life Cycle
one generation per year
May be locally very common in some areas (e.g. southern Quebec) or a species of special concern in other areas (e.g. Indiana).
See Also
superficially resembles Catocala amica (Girlfriend Underwing) which has an incomplete black band on the hindwing and a different pattern on the forewing, and Noctua pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing) which is much larger and has a different forewing pattern
Internet References
pinned adult image plus common name reference, identification, distribution, food plants (Gerald Fauske, Moths of North Dakota)
US distribution map (Moths of North America; USGS)
larval food plants; PDF doc plus abundance and flight season (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Montreal)