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Noctuidae: Spaelotis clandestina? - Spaelotis clandestina

Noctuidae: Spaelotis clandestina? - Spaelotis clandestina
Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, North Dakota, USA
May 19, 2013
Size: Length ~ 2.3 cm
Hmmm...I wonder if this larval specimen be a Clandestine (or W-marked) Cutworm/Dart. It seems to resemble the large illustration found on page 540 of Wagner at al., 'Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America,' I think. Adult Clandestine Darts (10926) were collected near here last year (see thumb below). John and Jane, are you there? ;-)


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Yes, that seems to be an excellent fit for your beauty!
The image looks good and everything in the text matches your cat. The thorax on yours is more strongly marked than Wagner's, but still less strongly marked than the abdomen. Good call!

 
Thanks, John and Jane!
Thank you for your prompt and encouraging reply! And seasonal greetings from northeastern North Dakota! Say, Laci Prucinsky, a herpetologist and caterpillar enthusiast from Nebraska is now the Interpretative Naturalist at Turtle River State Park (one of my local mothing sites). Laci and I hope to spend considerable time collecting cats and thumbing Wagner during the 2013 season. (After two seasons catching and identifying moths, I'm finally getting some sense of what moths are here (and when), so it's time to begin working on the local caterpillars now. What fun! ;-)

 
Excellent!
We will expect great things from your team!

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