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Species Euxoa pleuritica - Fawn Brown Dart - Hodges#10727

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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 Pleonectopoda)
No Taxon (pleuritica group)
Species pleuritica (Fawn Brown Dart - Hodges#10727)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Carneades confracta (Smith, 1890)
described in 1876 by Grote, who originally placed it in genus Agrotis
wingspan 34-38 mm
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
Newfoundland to British Columbia, south in the east to North Carolina, south in the west to Arizona and New Mexico
sandy pine forests, old dunes, open areas with light soils; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from June to August
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)