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Noctuidae: Feltia subgothica? - Feltia subgothica

Noctuidae: Feltia subgothica? - Feltia subgothica
Turtle River State Park, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, USA
August 10, 2011
Size: Length ~ 2 cm
When I first saw this moth, I thought it was an example of the Dingy Cutworm Moth, but on closer examination I think it may be a Subgothic Dart Moth (Hodges #10674). I'm hoping to confirm or correct this ID. Thanks for looking! ;-)

Moved from Tricose Dart. Moved to F. subgothica based on the 19 April 2012 opinion of Dr. Gerald Fauske. Jerry writes, "The true way to distinguish F. tricosa (short of dissection) is that males of F. tricosa have very long cilia on each antennal segment, have the wing shape of F. herilis and are overall generally darker (especially hindwings) than F. subgothica. Specimens of F. tricosa I've seen from the eastern Dakotas and MN are much darker than your specimen."

Moved from Moths.

Feltia tricosa?
When reading the bg description on the info page for F. s.
Lighter overall than the similar F. tricosa. Touching the distal edge of the reniform spot is a small brown or gray area with 3 or 4 regularly-spaced sharp points like the top of a picket fence (that same area in F. tricosa is black, smaller, and with an irregular outline). See comparison images of both species."
Then I looked at the comparison images at

LMK what you think

Yes. I think that's a good call, Nina! I'd not looked at the CBIF comparison images until you made me aware of them. It seems clear to me that this dark specimen is a much better match for the Confused Dart (Feltia tricosa). The nearly black area touching the distal edge of the reniform spot seems to be the deciding phenotypic feature. Thanks for the helpful correction! ;-)

Not an expert at all
But that looks just like the "picket fence" pattern to me. The picture of tricosa at the CBIF has a much blacker area distal to the reniform spot. Unless I'm confused.

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