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Species Xestia mixta - Hodges#10959.1

10959.1 – Xestia mixta – (Walker, 1856)  - Xestia mixta 110959.1 – Xestia mixta – (Walker, 1856)  - Xestia mixta Xestia mixta? - Xestia mixta Platypolia? - Xestia mixta
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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Xestia
Species mixta (Xestia mixta - Hodges#10959.1 )
Hodges Number
10959.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xestia mixta (Walker, 1856)
Elevated from a subspecies of 10959 Xestia speciosa (1)
Anomogyna speciosa mixta
Phylogenetic sequence # 933597 (2)
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) included fifty species of the genus Xestia in America north of Mexico. (2)
Size
The forewing length is 16-19 mm. (3)
Identification
Forewings are grey-black crossed with white sawtooth shaped basal, antemedian and postmedian lines. Reniform and orbicular spots are white, but filled or mostly filled with the darker scales of the ground color so they appear as white rings. Hindwings are pale grey. (3)
Range
Northwest Territory to Alberta and Montana, east to Newfoundland. (4)
Habitat
Xestia mixta occurs in coniferous woodlands and boggy areas.
Season
The adults are most common from July through mid August. (4)
Food
The larvae have been reared on Vaccinium myrtilloides (blueberry).
See Also
Xestia perquiritata does not have the dark scales filling most of the reniform spot.

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Xestia speciosa, the antemedian and postmedian lines are pale gray, not white as in mixta. (1)
Print References
Lafontaine, J.D., 1998. The Moths of North America Fascicle 27.3. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 143; pl. 3.46-47. (1)