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Species Amphipoea erepta - Hodges#9461

9461 - Amphipoea erepta (Grote) 1881 - Amphipoea erepta - male
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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 Apameini
Genus Amphipoea
Species erepta (Amphipoea erepta - Hodges#9461)
Hodges Number
9461
Numbers
two subspecies: the nominate subspecies and A. e. ryensis
Identification
Adult: forewing yellowish-orange with brown AM, PM, and terminal lines; reniform spot pale cream with brown outline on basal side only; orbicular spot not noticeable; darker shading along veins in subterminal area; hindwing light yellowish with slightly darker veins and faint PM line
Range
an unusual scattered distribution: Internet records from New York, Illinois, Kansas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi
Habitat
grasslands containing foodplant
Season
adults fly from May to August
Food
larvae feed on Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides)
See Also
Amphipoea americana and interoceanica have darker forewings with several scalloped lines, a noticeable orbicular spot, and grayish shading on hindwings (see images of those species at CBIF)
Internet References
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult images of related species (Moth Photographers Group)
larval foodplant (Pelham Bay Park, New York, audubon.org)
distribution (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Kansas; list (Insects identified from the Konza Prairie, Kansas State U.)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)
presence in Georgia and Illinois [search on "erepta"] (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
presence in South Carolina; list (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)