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Species Xestia speciosa - Hodges#10959

Xestia speciosa Xestia speciosa apropitia - Xestia speciosa
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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 Noctuina
Genus Xestia
Species speciosa (Xestia speciosa - Hodges#10959)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xestia speciosa (Hübner, [1813]) (1)
Noctua speciosa Hübner, [1813] (104)
Agrotis bremeri Erschov, 1870 (2), (501)
* Phylogenetic sequence #933596
There are (about) 50 named species of Xestia in America north of Mexico. (1), (3)
Two subspecies are recognized.(4),(1)
Xestia speciosa apropitia Pacific Northwest
Xestia speciosa arctica found in more northern areas
Forewing length 18-20 mm.(5)
Determined by Lars Crabo.
Holarctic (6), (3)
Alaska and Washington to western Hudson Bay and Maine. South to Colorado along the Rocky Mountains.
Across most of the Northern Hemisphere from Scandinavia to Japan
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Type: [USSR]: [SE Siberia] Ussuri [Zl, Leningrad] (2)
Boreal spruce-fir forests and subalpine forests. (6)
Adults fly mid-June to late August. (6), (3), (5)
Larvae are polyphagous feeding on a variety of broad-leaved plants. (5)
Larval hosts include:(5)
Betula nana L. (dwarf birch) * USDA plant profile
Vaccinium L. (blueberry) * USDA plant profile
Solidago L. (goldenrod) * USDA plant profile
Hieracium L. (hawkweed) * USDA plant profile
See Also
Print References
Lafontaine J.D., and B.C. Schmidt 2011. Additions and corrections to the checklist of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico. p. 150, 155.(4)
Lafontaine J.D., and B.C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 108.(1)
Powell, J.A., and P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl. 58.23f; p. 316.(5)
Lafontaine, J.D., 1998. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.3: p. 141; pl. 3.43-45.(7)
Poole, R.W. 1989. Noctuidae: Lepidopterorum Catalogus (Lepidopterorum Catalogues New Series Fasc 118).(2)
Leech, J.H. 1889. The Lepidoptera of Japan and [C]orea. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. p. (501)
Internet References
Pacific Northwest Moths - detailed species page.
Moth Photographers Group - range map and pinned adults.
University of Alberta E. H. Strickland Entomological Museum - species page with pinned adult. description.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.