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Species Heterocampa umbrata - White-blotched Heterocampa - Hodges#7990

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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 Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Heterocampinae
Genus Heterocampa
Species umbrata (White-blotched Heterocampa - Hodges#7990)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heterocampa umbrata Walker, 1855
Phylogenetic sequence # 930082 (1)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 21 species of the genus Heterocampa in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 42-62 mm
Larger, mottled grayish, brown, green, with dark lines, white blotch near apex of forewing (2).

Prothorax with pair of raised, shiny reddish knobs to either side of white mid-dorsal patch. (3)

Compare to H. biundata with head dull red-pink to red-purple, produced upward with dark knob to either die of midline. (3)
Eastern North America to Texas.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some collection locations and dates.
Forests and barrens with hostplants (oaks).
The main flight period appears to be March to October; longer flight in southern states.
Mature larvae reported May to November. (3)
Life Cycle
The larvae feed on oaks (Quercus). Two generations per year in much of range, multiple generations in Florida.
Print References
Covell, pp. 333-334, plate 44 (2)
Wagner, p. 302--photos of larva, adult (3)
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.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems