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Species Pangrapta decoralis - Decorated Owlet - Hodges#8490

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Pangraptinae
Genus Pangrapta
Species decoralis (Decorated Owlet - Hodges#8490)
Hodges Number
8490
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pangrapta decoralis Hübner, 1818
Size
Wingspan 20-28 mm
Identification
Wing pattern is variable, but usually mottled yellowish, brown, violet. Scalloped margin on hindwing.
Range
Includes eastern North America
Habitat
Presumably woodlands, shrubby areas near hostplant (blueberries).
Season
May-September
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on blueberry, Vaccinium species.
Remarks
This "species" appears to be a complex of at least three sibling species; more study is needed to sort them out. (1)
See Also
Metarranthis spp. – Labial palpi are short.
Print References
Covell p. 159, plate 39 #15 (2)
Works Cited
1.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems