Other Common Names
The above common name proposal is based on the meaning of the species epithet, and provides a similarly-named "partner" for the Doubtful Apamea (Apamea dubitans), formerly considered conspecific with this one. There is already a moth named The Thinker (Lacinipolia meditata).
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apamea cogitata (Smith, 1891)
Xylophasia cogitata Smith, 1891
Agroperina cogitata Hampson, 1908
Apamea dubitans cogitata
Explanation of Names
COGITATA: from the Latin "cogitare" (to think)
forewing length: 16-21 mm (1)
forewing reddish-brown, darker in subterminal area; reniform spot pale yellow or whitish with dark line running through it; orbicular spot oval, diagonal, with faint whitish outline; subterminal line thin, pale, jagged, indistinct; series of whitish dots along costa and outer margin
hindwing grayish, darker toward margins, with blackish veins and terminal line; fringe brownish-yellow
In the West, cogitata
tends toward a dark gray brown without any reddish hue and are easily mistaken for Apamea dubitans
which is not found in the West except for a disjunct population in northern Colorado. (1)
Newfoundland to British Columbia and Northwest Territories, plus adjacent parts of United States, south in the west to Colorado, Utah and California (1)
adults fly from mid-June to late September with most records between mid-July and mid-August (1)
larvae may feed on grasses? (McGill U.)
is similar but its forewing is dark chocolate brown usually with no hint of red
has a uniformly dark form that is very similar to Apamea cogitata
. According to Pacific Northwest Moths, Apamea cogitata
is much redder than Heloptropha reniformis
and lacks a dark gray terminal area. (2)
Hampson, G.F. 1908. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalænæ in the British museum.
Smith, J.B. 1891. Contributions toward a monograph of the Noctuidae of temperate North America. Revision of the species of Hadena referable to Xylophasia
. Proceedings of the United States National Museum.
Smith, J.B. 1810. Notes on North American species of Agroperina
Hampson. Journal of the New York Entomological Society.