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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Platypolia

Platypolia contadina  - Platypolia contadina Platypolia mactata  - Platypolia mactata Platypolia loda Noctuidae: Platypolia contadina - Platypolia Platypolia anceps Noctuidae: Platypolia loda - Platypolia loda Platypolia contadina - Platypolia - female Platypolia mactata - male
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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
Subtribe Antitypina
Genus Platypolia
Numbers
3 species in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan 38-40 mm, based on three Internet photos
Identification
Adult: forewing varies from mostly whitish with black markings to mostly dark gray; AM, PM, and subterminal lines jagged; reniform and orbicular spots large, filled with ground color; dark bar usually connects AM line to PM line near inner margin; hindwing brownish-gray with darker veins and diffuse discal spot
Range
P. anceps occurs across southern Canada and northern United States
P. contadina and P. loda occur in the west, from British Columbia and Alberta to California and Utah
Habitat
coniferous and mixed forests
Season
adults fly in fall
Food
larvae feed on foliage of coniferous and deciduous trees and shrubs
Internet References
pinned adult images of all 3 North American species (CBIF)
pinned adult images of 2 species by Jim Vargo, plus photos of related species (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image of P. contadina, plus description, habitat, flight season, foodplants, similar species (Jeff Miller, Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands, USGS)