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Species Arugisa lutea - Common Arugisa - Hodges#8509

8509 Common Arugisa  - Arugisa lutea Common Arugisa - Hodges#8509 for May - Arugisa lutea  Common Arugisa  - Arugisa lutea Arugisa lutea Moth with black dots - Arugisa lutea Chestnut moth triangular spots  - Arugisa lutea - female unknown moth - Arugisa lutea Arugisa lutea - Common Arugisa - Arugisa lutea
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Scolecocampinae
Genus Arugisa
Species lutea (Common Arugisa - Hodges#8509)
Hodges Number
8509
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Arugisa lutea (Smith, 1900)
syn: Arugisa latiorella of authors, (not Walker, 1863) [8509] (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930634
Numbers
Three Arugisa species occur in America north of Mexico.(2)
Size
wingspan about 17 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: FW light brownish-yellow with irregular, dark brown/gray traverse lines ● labial palps are thick, projecting upward at a steep angle ● dark blotch over middle of AM line ● reniform and orbicular spots represented by black dots ● PM line overlaid with black dots or sometimes broken into separate black dots ● dark shading along inside edge of subterminal line ● HW brownish-gray with thin dark terminal line
Range
Maryland and Virginia to Florida, west to Texas and Missouri. (3), (4)
Season
adults fly from May to October - or all year except December in Florida
Food
larvae feed on living and dead grasses
Remarks
Arugisa lutea  (Smith, 1900) is now the valid name for the common, golden-colored species, formerly known as A. latiorella.
See Also
Watson's Arugisa (Arugisa latiorella) is similar but forewing has less dark shading inside subterminal line, and PM line is more continuous, with less noticeable black dots along its length. The labial palps of A. lutea are thick and project upward at a steep angle, whereas the palps of A. latiorella, are more slender and project forward almost horizontally, but these differences can only be seen in a close-up lateral view (see diagrams in PDF document linked to in Internet References section below)
Internet References
adult images and larval foodplants (Larry Line, Maryland)