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Species Lithophane unimoda - Dowdy Pinion - Hodges#9916

Dowdy Pinion? - Lithophane unimoda Dowdy Pinion, NJ - Lithophane unimoda Dowdy Pinion - Lithophane unimoda November Moth - Lithophane unimoda Pinion caterpillar on black cherry - Lithophane unimoda A lovely February pinion - Lithophane unimoda Lithophane unimoda Dowdy Pinion - Lithophane unimoda
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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 Lithophane (Pinions)
Species unimoda (Dowdy Pinion - Hodges#9916)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Yellow-striped Fruitworm (larva)
38-44 mm wingspan
Adult: forewing bluish gray with a pale orbicular spot, a small elliptical claviform spot touching inner margin of orbicular spot, and a faint reniform spot outlined with light gray. Dark gray patch between reniform and orbicular spots. AM and ST lines zigzagged, indistinct. HW is pale grayish brown.

Caterpillar is green with a yellow spiracular stripe the length of the body, and black spiracles. The last instar is green with a solid thin white dorsal stripe, spotted subdorsal stripes, and a thin yellow spiracular stripe.
Nova Scotia to South Carolina, west to Missouri and Nebraska, north to Saskatchewan
adults fly from October to December, overwinter, and fly again from February to May; occasionally active in mid-winter on warm days
larvae in spring and early summer
Larvae feed mostly on leaves of black cherry, and some other deciduous trees such as plum, pear, and crabapple. Caterpillars need to eat young leaves; they will starve if only eating older leaves. Late instar larvae may also feed on the fruit of the host plant.
Life Cycle
one generation per year; overwinters as an adult; eggs are laid in spring and hatch when host trees are beginning to leaf
The moths can be attracted with sugar bait.
Print References
(1)Moths of Eastern North America
(2)Caterpillars of Eastern North America
Internet References
Maryland Moths adult images and common name reference [Dowdy Pinion; adult] (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned and live adult images by James Adams and Hugh McGuinness respectively (Dalton State College, Georgia)
common name reference [Yellow-striped Fruitworm; larva] and biology (Michigan State U.)
food plants and flight season (Ohio State U.)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.