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Species Pseudobryomima muscosa - Mossy Pseudobryomima - Hodges#9599

Mossy Pseudobryomima - Pseudobryomima muscosa Mossy Pseudobryomima - Pseudobryomima muscosa Pseudobryomima muscosa Mossy Pseudobryomima - Pseudobryomima muscosa Pseudobryomima muscosa Moth - Pseudobryomima muscosa Mossy Pseudobryomima - Pseudobryomima muscosa Moth - Pseudobryomima muscosa
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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 Xylenini
No Taxon (Incertae sedis)
Genus Pseudobryomima
Species muscosa (Mossy Pseudobryomima - Hodges#9599)
Hodges Number
9599
Explanation of Names
MUSCOSA: from the Latin "muscus" (moss); probably refers to the "mossy" greenish shading on the forewing, and is the origin of the suggested common name above
Numbers
one of 3 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan about 27 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing dark gray mixed with greenish shading and white spots and speckling, giving an overall dark mottled appearance; three or four small white spots around reniform spot; AM and PM lines jagged, inconspicuous against ground color; subterminal line jagged, irregular, with slightly paler shading beyond it; hindwing dark brownish-gray, paler basally, with dark discal spot and pale yellowish fringe
Range
British Columbia to California
Season
adults fly in late summer in the north
See Also
Pseudobryomima distans forewing is pale with large dark patches in median and subterminal areas; Pseudobryomima fallax forewing is paler with yellowish shading in basal area, pale reniform spot, and mostly whitish hindwing (see pinned adult images of P. distans and P. fallax at CDFA) - the above species probably don't occur north of California, as they are missing from the Oregon and Canada lists linked to in Internet References section below

Cryphia species are similar but the forewing lacks a subterminal line, and the body is more slender and delicate (see pinned adult images of 2 species at CBIF)
Internet References
pinned adult image and photos of related genera/species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
presence in Oregon; list (Oregon State U.)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada British Columbia only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)