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Genus Autographa

Large Looper Moth - Autographa ampla Dark moth - Autographa precationis moth Stanwood WA - Autographa californica Moth - Autographa californica Noctuidae: Autographa precationis - Autographa precationis Autographa corusca moth - Autographa precationis Alfalfa Looper Moth - Autographa californica
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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 Plusiinae (Looper Moths)
Tribe Plusiini
Subtribe Plusiina
Genus Autographa
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Autographa Hübner, 1821
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 18 species of the genus Autographa in America north of Mexico. (1)
Adults - forewing generally dark-colored, brownish to gray with distinct lines or pattern, sometimes with tints of other colors; stigma usually whitish or silvery with distinctive shape. hindwing often pale basally, with darker shading distally; color transition may be gradual or sharp [see CBIF links to images of species in Internet section below].
Throughout North America.
Some species fly from spring through fall (multiple broods); others have one brood in summer.
Larvae may be specialist feeders on a single type of plant such as dandelion (in A. bimaculata), or generalists on herbaceous plants (in A. precationis), or woody plants (in A. ampla).
Life Cycle
One or more generations per year, depending on species and/or latitude.
See Also
Several other genera of Plusiinae moths are similar, especially Syngrapha (see thumbnail images of eastern species and western species occurring in Canada).
Print References
Eichlin, T.D. & H.B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. United States Department of Agriculture Bulletin 1567: 1-122. (2)
Ottolengui, R. 1902. Plusia and allied genera with descriptions of new species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 10(2). (3)
Works Cited
1.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 .
2.The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology
Thomas D. Eichlin, Hugh B. Cunningham. 1978. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 1567: 1-121.
3.Plusia and allied genera with descriptions of new species
R. Ottolengui. 1902. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 10(2): 57-77.