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Species Apamea unita - Hodges#9355

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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Apameini
Genus Apamea
Species unita (Apamea unita - Hodges#9355)
Hodges Number
9355
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apamea unita (Smith, 1904)
Size
FWL ≈ 15-20mm (1)
Identification
Description can be found in MONA Fascicle 26-9 at link in citations below. (2)
Range
Alberta south to Oregon, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah and Arizona (2)
Habitat
This species is found in dry, open conifer forests and mountain meadows at higher elevations in the Rocky Mountain region. It appears to be very rare. (1)
Season
mid-May to mid-August (2)
See Also
Lacanobia subjuncta is frequently confused with A. unita. L. subjuncta has orbicular/reniform spots more sharply outlined; the pale patch below the orbicular spot is less contrasting; outer margin of the forewing slightly falcate. (2) According to PNW Moths, L. subjuncta is browner than A. unita and has a larger orbicular spot. (1)

Apamea spaldingi - orbicular spot is elongate rather than widely oval and the pale gray adjacent patch is lacking from the central median area.

Apamea occidens - PM is strongly deviated medial below the reniform spot, where it is nearly perpendicular to the outer margin, rather than evenly oblique as in A. unita
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Pacific Northwest Moths – detailed description & images of pinned adults
Works Cited
1.Pacific Northwest Moths
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 26.9. Noctuoidea, Noctuidae: Apameini (Part).
Mikkola, Kauri, J. Donald Lafontaine, Jocelyn Gill. 2009. Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.