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Species Hadena capsularis - Capsule Moth - Hodges#10317

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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 Hadenini
Genus Hadena
Species capsularis (Capsule Moth - Hodges#10317)
Hodges Number
Explanation of Names
Hadena capsularis (Guenée, 1852)
FWL 13 - 14 mm (1)
Adult: FW medium gray ground, including a large pale-filled orbicular spot, a pointed claviform spot, and a series of horizontal black lines at the dentate W-mark along the outer margin. AM and PM are black, doubled. (1)
Distributed throughout much of eastern North America, extending westward throughout the Rocky Mountains to British Columbia and Arizona. (1)
This species is a foodplant specialist feeding on herbaceous plants of the pink family (Caryophyllaceae), including the genera Dianthus and Silene. Larvae tend to feed on the flowers and seedheads. (1)
See Also
Hadena ectrapela - The orbicular spot of this species tends to be smaller and more obliquely-oriented than that of H. capsularis, and it has a white W-mark formed by the subterminal line in the area where H. capsularis has black lines along the outer margin.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)
Pacific Northwest Moths – detailed description & images of pinned adults (1)