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Species Photedes panatela - Northern Cordgrass Borer - Hodges#9436

Northern Cordgrass Borer? - Photedes panatela  Northern Cordgrass Borer - Photedes panatela Photedes panatela Noctuidae ? - Photedes panatela ID Request -- spring moth - Photedes panatela ID Request -- spring moth - Photedes panatela Moth - Photedes panatela 9436 Northern Cordgrass Borer (Photodes panatela) - Photedes panatela
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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Apameini
Genus Photedes (Cordgrass Borers)
Species panatela (Northern Cordgrass Borer - Hodges#9436)
Hodges Number
one of 4 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Adult: forewing pale tan or yellowish-gray with some light brown shading; AM and PM lines composed of several dark dots; prominent dark gray streak runs through middle of median area from AM to PM line; orbicular and reniform spots indistinct; some grayish-brown shading in lower half of subterminal area; pale apical patch sometimes noticeable; terminal line composed of several dark gray dashes; hindwing pale grayish-yellow with dark dashed terminal line
northern United States and southern Canada from Nova Scotia to Alberta
wet grasslands and marshy wooded areas
adults fly in June and July
larvae presumably bore in stems or roots of a marsh plant or plants, but the host plant is unknown (Handfield, 1999)
uncommon to rare; threatened in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
See Also
other members of the tribe Apameini (see MPG page)
also compare other species of Spartiniphaga at CBIF
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp.
Internet References
live adult images plus description, presumed foodplants, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
habitat (Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources)
status in Indiana; PDF doc [threatened] plus common name reference (Indiana Natural Resources Commission)
status in Ohio [threatened] (Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)