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Species Annaphila danistica - Hodges#9850

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Stiriinae
Tribe Annaphilini
Genus Annaphila
Species danistica (Annaphila danistica - Hodges#9850)
Hodges Number
9850
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Annaphila danistica (Grote, 1873)
Size
FWL ≈ 8-12mm
Identification
Adult: The species is sexually dimorphic. The males are smaller, with rounded FW and distinctly marked wings. Females are larger, with pointed, uniformly gray FW with the pale outline of the spots faintly visible ● FW of both sexes are dark gray ● AM is gray, doubled and filled with lighter gray, concaved toward the outer margin ● PM is gray, doubled and filled with lighter gray, smoothly curved around the reniform spot ● ST is slightly darker gray shading ● Terminal line is thin, gray at the base of the gray fringe.
HW ground color is bright orange, suffused with brown-gray at the base and inner margin, with a thick black discal spot ● PM is dark gray to black sinuous, with thin marginal band. a
Range
This species is found in California and in the Intermountain Region. Specimens have been examined from California, Nevada, and Utah. a
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Habitat
Widely distributed in juniper woodlands and on sagebrush steppe at middle to low elevations east of the Cascades, and on dry grasslands at low elevations in southwestern Oregon. a
Food
Adult: adults are diurnal and visit flowers during the day. a
Larva: No information is presently available regarding larval foodplants of this species, but related species feed on Phacelia. a
See Also
Annaphila pustulata - HW lacks dark PM and thin marginal line

Annaphila arvalis – HW lacks dark PM and black discal spot
Internet References
Pacific Northwest Moths – detailed description & images of pinned adults
BOLD Systems - image of pinned DNA supported specimen