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Species Chytonix palliatricula - Cloaked Marvel - Hodges#9556

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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 Elaphriini
Genus Chytonix
Species palliatricula (Cloaked Marvel - Hodges#9556)
Hodges Number
9556
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chytonix palliatricula (Guenée, 1852)
Apamea iaspis Guenee, 1852
Bryophila palliatricula Guenee, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 932249.5
Numbers
one of three species in the genus for North America north of Mexico(1)
Now considered to be one of two species (2) (2011)
Size
Wingspan 2.8-3.3 cm
Identification
Two forms, one with the large white patch covering most of the forewing, and the other without it. The form with the large white patch is less common.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis:


The form without the large white patch is very similar to Chytonix sensilis. See here for an explanation of the differences.
Range
Includes eastern North America
Season
May-August
Life Cycle
Larva feed on "gilled and pore-bearing mushrooms" per Wagner et al in Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, 2011. Comes to bait and to light.
See Also
Chytonix sensilis See here for an explanation of the differences.
Print References
Covell, p. 130, plate 25 #14, #17 (3)
Himmelman, pp. 19-20, description only (4)
Holland, p. 161, plate XIX #13, 14 (5)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph pinned adult of related species for comparison.
NCSU Entomology collection lists just this species for the genus in the state of North Carolina.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Additions and corrections to the checklist of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico
J. Donald Lafontaine & B. Christian Schmidt. 2011. Zookeys, 149.1805.
3.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
4.Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard
John Himmelman. 2002. Down East Books.
5.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.