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Noctuidae: Ufeus satyricus? - Ufeus satyricus

Noctuidae: Ufeus satyricus? - Ufeus satyricus
Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, USA
February 28, 2012
Size: Length ~ 2 cm
This active overwintering adult was found crawling up the livingroom curtain inside my house! Other examples of this genus were photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota in November 2011 (see below), but this may be the first record of a February sighting of an adult for this noctuid moth in North Dakota. Dr. Gerald Fauske, NDSU, confirmed the genus of this individual on 29 February 2012. The specimen will be deposited in UND's collection (contact Dr. Rebecca Simmons).

Moved from Ufeus.

i have had these moths they are
red here, in feb..they are really neat looking big things and yesthey are crawlers they scurry like a roach.

Members of this noctuid genus seem to possess a remarkable tolerance for metabolic activity in cold weather. This genus (Ufeus) lingered long after our late-season geometrids (e.g., Alsophila and Operophtera) and noctuids (e.g., Anagrapha and Autographa) disappeared last Fall, and I'm surprised to find an active individual so early in the season, long before our normally 'early' noctuid (e.g., species (e.g., Enargia, Eupsilia, Orthosia, and Copivaleria) and early geometrid species (e.g., Paleacrita and Phigalia) have appeared. We may be on the cusp of an early Spring in our area, although now with some fresh snow on the ground during the last couple of days...well, I could be wrong about an early Spring. We'll see. Systematic censusing of our local moths will begin in mid-March. Normally, we don't see usually adult moths with any frequency until early April in our area. ;-)

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