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Species Hypena sordidula - Sordid Hypena - Hodges#8448

Bomolocha - Hypena sordidula Hypena sordidula  - Hypena sordidula Hypena sordidula Sordid Bomolocha - Hypena sordidula Hypena sordidula (Sordid Hypena) - Hypena sordidula Hypena sordidula Hypena sordidula? - Hypena sordidula Sordid Hypena - Hypena sordidula
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Hypeninae
Genus Hypena
Species sordidula (Sordid Hypena - Hodges#8448)
Hodges Number
wingspan 24-30 mm
Adult: male forewing dark grayish-brown; AM, PM, and ST lines wavy, indistinct, contrasting little against ground color; median area uniformly colored (not darker toward PM line, as in Gray-edged Bomolocha); small pale spot where PM line meets costa, and speckled wedge of slightly paler color at apex; hindwing dark grayish-brown; female similar but paler, with distinctly paler terminal area of forewing, and lighter hindwing
Quebec and Maine to northern Florida, west to Louisiana and Kansas, north to Manitoba
deciduous woods, riparian areas
adults fly from May to August
Woodnettle (Laportea) (1)
Life Cycle
one generation per year

Life cycle images:
final instar caterpillar, adult
See Also

Gray-edged Bomolocha - Hypena madefactalis has the forewing less uniformly colored, and lines more noticeable; ST area bi-colored, and dark shading present just inside of the PM line.
Internet References
Images and Info (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images (BOLD Systems - Barcoding Life)
Works Cited
1.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.