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Species Hypena decorata - Decorated Hypena - Hodges#8463

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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 Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Species decorata (Decorated Hypena - Hodges#8463)
Hodges Number
8463
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypena decorata Smith, 1884 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930586
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 29 species of the genus Hypena in America north of Mexico. (2)
Size
Forewing length 13-18 mm. (3), (4)
Identification
Smith (1884) original description is available online in the print references.
Sexually dimorphic species.
The forewing of the males have two white dots near the apex. (4)
Females have a small patch of raised dark scales in the median area. (4)
Range
British Columbia to southern California. (5), (6), (3)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Season
The main flight period appears to be April to September; earlier starting flight in California. (6)
Food
The larvae feed on various Urtica sp. (nettles). (3)
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p. 255, pl. 43.1. (3)
Smith, J.B., 1884. New species of Noctuidae. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society. 5: 4