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Species Aseptis perfumosa - Hodges#9529

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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 Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Aseptis
Species perfumosa (Aseptis perfumosa - Hodges#9529 )
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aseptis perfumosa (Hampson, 1918)
Trachea perfumosa Hampson, 1918 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932628
There are 24 named Aseptis species found in America north of Mexico.(2)
Forewing length 14-17 mm. (3)
Larvae mature to 27-30 mm. (Comstock 1940), (Crumb 1956(4)).
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (5)
British Columbia and Montana to Baja California and northern Arizona. (6), (4), (3)
Adults are most often reported from April to August. (3)
Comstock 1940 reported larval host is Arctostaphylos glauca Lindl., (bigberry manzanita).
Crumb 1956 reported larvae reared on Purshia tridentate [Kunsia tridentata] (Pursh) DC., (antelope bitterbrush). (4)
Life Cycle
Powell & Opler 2009(3), Crumb 1956(4), and Comstock 1940 describe the larvae.
Print References
Comstock, J.A. 1940. Notes on the life history of Aseptis perfumosa Hampson. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences. 39(2): 104.
Hampson, G.F. 1918. Descriptions of new genera and species Amatidae, Lithosidae, and Noctuidae. Novitates Zoologicae. (1)
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 54.17, p. 299.(3)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of new genera and species of Amatidae, Lithosiidae and Noctuidae
George F. Hampson. 1918. Novitates Zoologicae 25: 93-217.
2.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.The Larvae of the Phalaenidae [Noctuidae]
Samuel Ebb Crumb. 1956. U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1135: 1-356.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
6.Essig Museum of Entomology, California Moth Species List