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Species Caradrina multifera - Speckled Rustic - Hodges#9657

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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 Caradrinini
Subtribe Caradrinina
Genus Caradrina
Species multifera (Speckled Rustic - Hodges#9657)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Caradrina multifera (Walker, [1857])
Jan Metlevski notes here that the former genus Platyperigea was demoted to a subgenus of Caradrina by Hermann Hacker in 2004 (see Print References below)
Phylogenetic sequence #932261
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) included ten species of the genus Caradrina in America north of Mexico. (1)
wingspan 30-32 mm
Adult: forewing pale gray with black zigzag lines, sometimes broken into dots; reniform spot black with white dots around perimeter; orbicular spot a black dot; subterminal line sometimes edged with reddish; darker shading beyond ST line; hindwing whitish basally, with gray shading distally, dark veins and discal spot
Newfoundland to North Carolina/Tennessee, west to Minnesota and Manitoba; also occurs in British Columbia and Washington
adults fly from July to October
Life Cycle
one generation per year
See Also
Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) forewing has a large orbicular spot and a reddish-orange streak running through orbicular and reniform spots
Civil Rustic (C. montana) forewing has fainter lines and spots
Rare Sand Quaker (C. meralis) forewing has fainter markings and usually no noticeable lines (compare images of all 4 species at CBIF)
two species of Protoperigea have more diffuse lines and no white dots around reniform spot (compare images of all 3 species at CBIF)
Print References
Hacker, Hermann, 2004. Revision of the genus Caradrina Ochsenheimer, 1816, with notes on other genera of the tribus Caradrini (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Esperiana. Vol. 10.
Internet References
presence in North Carolina/Tennessee; list (Great Smoky Mountains National Park Lepidoptera Checklist,
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)