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
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
Larvae have been reared from Machaerantha shastensis and other herbaceous plants including Helianthus sp.
Often confused with C. laetifica which is usually lighter gray and less uniform in color, having some lighter areas.
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