Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Plusia pseudogamma Grote, 1875
Phytometra pseudogamma ab. freya Strand, 1917
Phylogenetic sequence #
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 18 species of the genus Autographa
in America north of Mexico. (2)
Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 17-18 mm. (3)
In the north and east it ranges from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, north to Alaska; south to Maine, Michigan, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming (Eichlin & Cunningham, 1978). In the west it ranges into the central Sierra Nevada mountains, northeastern Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico (Powell & Opler, 2009).
Larvae are generalist feeders on herbaceous plants. Adults have been observed nectaring at fireweed blossoms (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Similar to A. californica
but can be separated from pseudogamma
by the short, fine black dash connecting the subterminal and postmedian lines near the apex of the forewings (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Eichlin, T.D. & H.B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin
1567: 1-122. (4)
Grote, A.R. 1875. On North American species of Plusia
. The Canadian Entomologist
Lafontaine, J.D. & R.W. Poole, 1991. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 25.1
. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 87; pl. 2, figs. 16-18. (5)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press, pl.49, fig. 35; p. 278. (3)