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Species Brachionycha borealis - Hodges#10011

10011 Brachionycha borealis  - Brachionycha borealis Brachionycha borealis Brachionycha borealis - male Brachionycha borealis - male Brachionycha borealis
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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Psaphidina
Genus Brachionycha
Species borealis (Brachionycha borealis - Hodges#10011)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Brachionycha borealis (Smith, 1899)
Asteroscopus borealis Smith, 1899
Phylogenetic sequence # 931558
The only named Brachionycha species in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Forewing length: (2), (3)
♂ average 21.6 mm.
♀ average 26 mm.
The original description as Asteroscopus borealis Smith, is available online in the print references below.
The typical form has medium gray forewings, and the dark form is heavily shaded with black. (2)
Alberta and Montana, east across the northern United States and southern Canada. (4), (3), (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Adults are most common from mid-April to early May. (3), (4)
Larvae have been reared on Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton (lowbush blueberry).
Birch is the suspected natural host.
Life Cycle
Larva; adult
Rarely collected possibly due to the early spring flight times.(2)
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Poole, R.W. 1995. The Moths of North America Fascicle 26.1. p. 178, pl. 5.33.(3)
Smith, J.B. 1899. A new species of Asteroscopus. The Canadian Entomologist. 31: 25.