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Species Callopistria cordata - Silver-spotted Fern Moth - Hodges#9633

Silver-Spotted Fern Moth - Callopistria cordata silver-spotted fern moth - Callopistria cordata Silver-spotted Fern Moth - Callopistria cordata Silver-spotted Fern Moth - Hodges #9633 - Callopistria cordata silver-spotted fern moth - Callopistria cordata Silver-Spotted Fern Moth - Callopistria cordata Caterpillar on bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) - Callopistria cordata 9633 Silver-spotted Fern Moth (Callopistria cordata) - Callopistria cordata
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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 Eriopinae
Genus Callopistria
Species cordata (Silver-spotted Fern Moth - Hodges#9633)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Callopistria cordata – (Ljungh, 1825)
Eriopus monetifera - Guenée, 1852
Explanation of Names
CORDATA: "cordate" means heart-shaped; perhaps a reference to the rounded triangular shapes on the forewing
Five species of Callopistria are found in America north of Mexico (a)
Wingspan 25-28 mm
forewing orange or reddish-brown, mottled with yellow, and having two large silvery-white spots near the middle or the wing, plus a line of several smaller spots in the subterminal area; small yellowish patch at apex
hindwing pale grayish with yellowish fringe along outer edge
Eastern North America
adults fly from June to August, earlier (March) in southern United States
Larvae feed on ferns.
Print References
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 71 (a) (PDF download)
Covell, p. 131, plate 26 #14 (1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.), 1983; Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico(2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species account with photos of larvae, living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with photographs of pinned adults and DNA sequence
Canadian Biodiversity (pinned adult image)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
Moth Photographers Group - photo of pinned adult and related species.
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.