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Species Eueretagrotis attentus - Attentive Dart - Hodges#11009

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Eueretagrotis
Species attentus (Attentive Dart - Hodges#11009)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
specific epithet often spelled "attenta"
one of three species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
forewing length 14-17 mm; wingspan about 30-35 mm
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]
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
locally common in peaty coniferous forests and damp mixed woods; adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from June to August
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 (compare images of all three species at CBIF and MPG)
Print References
Handfield, Louis. 1999. Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec. Broquet. 662 pp. [text, page 455; pinned adult male image on plate 118]
Internet References
22 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
live adult image by Hugh McGuinness, plus common name reference and photos of related species (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo, plus photos of related species (Moth Photographers Group)
description and pinned adult image; PDF doc plus flight season, distribution, and Great Smoky Mountain collection site map (Michael Pogue, The Noctuinae of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U.S.A., Magnolia Press)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus flight dates (Larry Line, Maryland)
flight season of June to August (Canadian Forest Service)
foodplants; PDF doc plus flight season and life cycle (Macrolepidoptera of Mont Saint-Hilaire Region, McGill U., Quebec)
presence in Georgia location and date by James Adams (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)