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Species Eueretagrotis attentus - Attentive Dart - Hodges#11009

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Eueretagrotis
Species attentus (Attentive Dart - Hodges#11009)
Hodges Number
11009
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
specific epithet often spelled "attenta"
Numbers
one of three species in this genus in North America
Size
forewing length 14-17 mm; wingspan about 30-35 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing reddish-brown with variable amounts of white scaling along costa from base to reniform spot; prominent black basal dash is diagnostic; orbicular and reniform spots variable from ground color with a few white spots to mostly white and outlined in black; AM and PM lines white with darker shading; ST line white; hindwing white with discal spot and thin dark terminal line
[adapted from description by Michael Pogue]
Range
Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan and adjacent northern states, south in the Appalachians to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee) plus one record from northern Georgia
Habitat
locally common in peaty coniferous forests and damp mixed woods; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from June to August
Food
Handfield notes that larvae feed mainly on leaves of blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) and willow (Salix spp.); other hosts include Yellow Birch (Betula alleghaniensis), elderberry (Sambucus spp.), and strawberry (Fragaria spp.)
Life Cycle
one generation per year
See Also
Two-spot Dart (E. perattentus) and Sigmoid Dart (E. sigmoides) have a black patch on forewing between orbicular and reniform spot.
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp. [text, page 455; pinned adult male image on plate 118]