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Species Apamea acera - Hodges#9338

gray moth - Apamea acera Apamea acera
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Classification
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 Apamea
Species acera (Apamea acera - Hodges#9338)
Hodges Number
9338
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Polia acera Smith, 1900 (1)
Size
Forewing length 20-25 mm (1)
Identification
"Apamea acera is the only large ash-gray Apamea in North America. Usually, there is some orange shading around the orbicular and reniform spots. The basal dash is sharply defined in black and frequently extends almost to the postmedian line. The claviform spot is also outlined in black and extends about 3/4 of the distance to the postmedian line. The transverse lines are obscure." (1)
Range
Northwestern U.S. and southern British Columbia, south to the San Bernardino Mountains in southern California. Also disjunct populations in eastern Nevada and Utah. (1)
Habitat
Montane forests (1)
Season
Adults from mid-June to Mid-October (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 26.9. Noctuoidea, Noctuidae: Apameini (Part).
Mikkola, Kauri, J. Donald Lafontaine, Jocelyn Gill. 2009. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.