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Genus Anorthodes

Noctuid - Anorthodes triquetra Arizona Moth - Anorthodes triquetra Arizona Moth - Anorthodes triquetra Arizona Moth  - Anorthodes triquetra 3064484 moth - Anorthodes triquetra 3038033 moth - Anorthodes triquetra Arizona Moth - Anorthodes indigena Arizona Moth - Anorthodes indigena
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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 Caradrinini
Subtribe Athetiina
Genus Anorthodes
Numbers
2 species in North America (nearctica.com)
2 species in the world (Butterflies & Moths of the World)
These counts exclude Athetis tarda, which used to placed in this genus.
Size
wingspan 23-35 mm
Identification
forewing medium brown usually crossed by dark brown wavy lines, often indistinct; may or may not have one or two dark spots or patches (see image links in Internet References section below)
Range
A. indigena and A. triquetra both occur in the southwest (Arizona)
Remarks
The placement of this genus in a subfamily is unsettled. Anorthodes was originally placed in AMPHIPYRINAE, but the bottom of this page from Butterflies & Moths of the World explains that all genera [except Amphipyra] formerly treated in the subfamily AMPHIPYRINAE are treated as HADENINAE by Kitching & Rawlins (1999). However, the same site places Anorthodes in the subfamily ACRONICTINAE here, which contradicts the previous statement.
I have followed Kitching & Rawlins here, placing Anorthodes in HADENINAE.
Internet References
pinned adult images of A. tarda (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image of A. indigena (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult image of A. triquetra (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)