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Species Hypena palparia - Mottled Hypena - Hodges#8444

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Species palparia (Mottled Hypena - Hodges#8444)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Variegated Snout-moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypena palparia (Walker, 1861)
Bomolocha palparia Walker, 1861
Phylogenetic sequence # 930565
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 27-33 mm.
Adult: forewing with large dark brown median patch that extends to inner margin (often lighter brown toward inner margin); basal and outer parts of forewing paler, mottled (pale areas darker in male than in female; female shows greater contrast between dark median area and pale subterminal area); apical dash broken; hindwing variably light to dark grayish-brown.
All of United States and southern Canada (Nova Scotia to Florida(2), west to California(3), north to British Columbia); however, the species name does not appear on moth lists from Arizona and Texas (1, 2, 3)
Mature mixed and deciduous woods; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.
Adults fly from April to October in the south; May to August in Ohio; June and July in Alberta.
Larval hosts include: (4)
Hop-Hornbeam, Ostrya virginiana
Hazel, Corylus spp.
Life Cycle
Two generations per year.
See Also
in Baltimore Bomolocha (Hypena baltimoralis), median patch does not extend to inner margin of forewing.

some other species of Hypena are also similar