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Species Orthodes detracta - Disparaged Arches - Hodges#10288

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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 Eriopygini
Genus Orthodes
Species detracta (Disparaged Arches - Hodges#10288)
Hodges Number
10288
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orthodes detracta (Walker, 1857)
Size
FWL ≈ 13-15mm
Identification
Adult: FW mottled gray-brown, with rust-colored patches • Basal dash, weak black • AM doubled, irregular in shape • Orbicular & reniform, light outlined black • Claviform is thick black, apically pointed, nearly reaching PM • PM doubled, slightly scalloped • ST pale, lightest at apex • Male antenna is weakly bipectinate. a
Range
Range extends from the Atlantic from Pacific Northwest. Occurs from central Alberta to northern New Mexico in the West and from southern Quebec and Nova Scotia to North Carolina and northern Mississippi in the East. a
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Habitat
Widely distributed throughout much of eastern North America in moist hardwood forest habitats. Occurs in boreal forest in British Columbia. a
Season
A long flight season is reported for this species in the East suggesting that it might be multiple-brooded there. It has been collected in early July in British Columbia. It is nocturnal and comes to lights. a
Food
Larva: a generalist feeding on many kinds of hardwoods including birches (Betula spp.) in the Betulaceae, oaks (Quercus spp.) in the Fagaceae, huckleberries (Vaccinium spp.) in the Ericaceae, and serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) in the Rosaceae. a
See Also
Orthodes goodelli, which has a smaller claviform spot, less distinct lines/spots, and lacks a basal dash. The male antenna of is bead-like rather than bipectinate.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live & pinned adults
Pacific Northwest Moths – detailed description & images of pinned adults