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Species Euxoa murdocki - Hodges#10846

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Agrotina
Genus Euxoa
No Taxon (Subgenus Euxoa)
No Taxon (detersa group)
Species murdocki (Euxoa murdocki - Hodges#10846)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Euxoa murdocki (Smith, 1890)
Carneades murdocki (Smith, 1890)
Agrotis murdocki Smith, 1890 (1)
Paragrotis murdocki (Dyar, 1902)
Phylogenetic sequence # 933451
Wingspan 28-31 mm. (2), (3)
Revised description by Lafontaine (1981) in PDF. (4)
The original description(1) as Agrotis murdocki Smith, and the revised description by Hampson (1903) are both available in the print references below.
The orange basal and subterminal areas of the forewing and gray median and terminal areas are distinctive. (4)
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (5)
British Columbia to Colorado, Nevada and southern California. (6), (7), (2), (6), (8), (4)
Conifer forests of Douglas-fir, (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco) and ponderosa pine, (Pinus ponderosa Dougl.)(3), (4)
Pinon-juniper woodlands of the Great Basin. (4)
The average flight period is August to October. (2), (3), (8)
Larval host is unknown but probably various herbaceous vegetation. (3), (8)
See Also
Euxoa murdocki is unlikely to be confused with other Euxoa species found north of Mexico.
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group. (2)
Print References
Hampson, G.F., 1903. Catalogue of Noctuidae in the Collection of the British Museum. 4: 247.
Lafontaine, J.D., 1987. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 132; pl. 7.31. (8)
Smith, J.B., 1890. Descriptions of some new species of Agrotis Auct. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 17(1): 49. (1)