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Species Euxoa pleuritica - Fawn Brown Dart - Hodges#10727

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Agrotina
Genus Euxoa
No Taxon (Subgenus Pleonectopoda)
Species pleuritica (Fawn Brown Dart - Hodges#10727)
Hodges Number
10727
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Carneades confracta (Smith, 1890)
described in 1876 by Grote, who originally placed it in genus Agrotis
Size
wingspan 34-38 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing mottled coppery brown with areas of dark gray and darker brown; reniform spot has dark gray smudge in lower half; orbicular spot round, dark in center; claviform spot partial or sometimes absent; AM line black, double, scalloped; PM line scalloped; subterminal line pale, irregular, bordered proximally by a few dark gray wedges, and distally by dark gray shading; terminal line a series of black dashes; male hindwing dirty white or pale cream with dark scales along veins and outer margin; female hindwing darker and grayer
Range
Newfoundland to British Columbia, south in the east to North Carolina, south in the west to Arizona and New Mexico
Habitat
sandy pine forests, old dunes, open areas with light soils; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from June to August
Food
larvae have been reared on Russian Thistle (Salsola kali)
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as a larva
See Also
Euxoa messoria, E. pestula, and E. scholastica forewings are paler and lack coppery color (compare images of all four species at CBIF)
Internet References
species account including pinned adult image by G. Anweiler, habitat, flight season, description, life cycle, larval foodplant, distribution (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
live and pinned adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
species account including common name reference, description, pinned adult image, similar species, distribution, larval foodplant (Gerald Fauske, Moths of North Dakota)
presence in North Carolina; map plus pinned adult image by Michael Pogue, description, distribution, larval foodplant, references (Biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
pinned adult images (boldsystems.org)
list of 52 specimens in collection with dates and locations (U. of Alberta)
distribution in Canada; list of provinces of occurrence (U. of Alberta, based on CBIF data)
author, date, and original genus plus synonyms and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)