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Species Cucullia dorsalis - Hodges#10190.2

Unknown Caterpillar - Cucullia dorsalis Cucullia species on Dietiera asteroides - Cucullia dorsalis Hooded Owlet Moth caterpillar  - Cucullia dorsalis Colorful Caterpillar  - Cucullia dorsalis Cucullia-ish - Cucullia dorsalis Caterpillar (?) in ColoradoColorado Springs - Cucullia dorsalis hooded owlet caterpillar - Cucullia dorsalis hooded owlet caterpillar - Cucullia dorsalis
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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 Cuculliinae
Genus Cucullia (Hooded Owlets)
Species dorsalis (Cucullia dorsalis - Hodges#10190.2)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cucullia dorsalis Smith, 1892
formerly synonyms of Cucullia speyeri
treated as a valid species by Poole 1989,1995 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 931518
Cucullia includes 36 species in America north of Mexico. (2)
forewing length about 22 mm
forewing is uniform gray with dark anal dash
western Rocky Rountains and the Great Basin
May to August
Larvae have been reared from Machaerantha shastensis and other herbaceous plants including Helianthus sp.
See Also
Often confused with C. laetifica which is usually lighter gray and less uniform in color, having some lighter areas.
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.