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Species Feralia deceptiva - Deceptive Sallow - Hodges#10006

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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 Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Feraliina (Mossy Sallows)
Genus Feralia
Species deceptiva (Deceptive Sallow - Hodges#10006)
Hodges Number
10006
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Feralia deceptiva (McDunnough, 1920)
Size
Wingspan about 40 mm, based on Jeff Miller image at USGS
Identification
Adult: forewing dark green with black AM and PM lines, bordered medially by white; reniform and orbicular spots filled with ground color and rimmed with black and white; fringe checkered black and white. hindwing dark gray with even darker veins and pale yellowish strip extending from base to about two-thirds distance along inner margin; fringe checkered dark gray and whitish
Range
Pacific coast from British Columbia to California
Habitat
Wet coastal forests
Season
adults fly in early spring
Food
Larvae (caterpillars) feed on the foliage of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).
See Also
Feralia comstocki - duller green with greatly reduced dark areas, more evenly colored FW with more conspicuous PM line and FW has three blackish blotches around reniform spot

Feralia februalis –has large white orbicular and reniform spots (occurs only in the far west)

Feralia jocosa – small size, dark HW and lack large patches black scale on FW

Feralia major - has only one black blotch, on basal side of reniform spot; orbicular and reniform spots darker, HW gray (eastern species, less common in west)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands - image of pinned adult and species info
University of California at Berkeley - presence in California
University of Alberta- presence in British Columbia