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Species Platypolia contadina - Hodges#9977

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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
Species contadina (Platypolia contadina - Hodges#9977)
Hodges Number
9977
Numbers
one of 3 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
two subspecies (P. c. albertae and P. c. contadina) listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan about 40 mm, based on photo by Jeff Miller at USGS
Identification
Adult: two forms - light and dark (perhaps corresponding to the two subspecies?) - forewing of light form mostly whitish with contrasting black markings; forewing of dark form mostly brownish-gray with slightly darker median area; in both forms, AM, PM, and subterminal lines jagged; reniform and orbicular spots large, filled with ground color; thin dark bar usually connects AM line to PM line near inner margin; hindwing brownish-gray with darker veins and diffuse discal spot; top of thorax colored similarly to forewing in both forms
Range
British Columbia and Alberta to California and Utah
Habitat
wet western coniferous and mixed forests
Season
adults fly in fall
Food
larvae feed on leaves of flowering trees and shrubs, especially blueberry/huckleberry (Vaccinium spp.)
See Also
Platypolia anceps forewing is intermediate between the two forms of P. contadina, being slightly darker and less contrasting than the light form, and noticeably paler than the dark form
Platypolia loda forewing is darker than dark form of P. contadina, being almost black, and lacking any brownish tint
(compare images of all 3 species at CBIF)
Sutyna privata has a similar forewing but a paler hindwing, and does not occur west of Manitoba (compare images of both species at CBIF)
also see photos of other related species by Jim Vargo at MPG
Internet References
pinned adult images of light and dark forms (CBIF)
9 pinned adult images of dark and light forms, plus collection site map (All-Leps)
pinned adult image of light form, plus description, habitat, flight season, foodplants, similar species (Jeff Miller, Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands, USGS)
presence in Oregon 49 pinned adults in collection, including locally collected specimens (Oregon State U.)
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists' Society)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)