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Species Mesapamea fractilinea - Broken-lined Brocade - Hodges#9406

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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 Apameini
Genus Mesapamea
Species fractilinea (Broken-lined Brocade - Hodges#9406)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Lined Stalk-Borer (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hadena vulgivaga and four other synonyms
Oligia fractilinea
Explanation of Names
Author: Grote, 1874
2 subspecies (O. f. albescens; O. f. fractilinea)
wingspan 26-33 mm, based on two Internet photos
Adult: forewing usually dark brown to blackish along costa, upper median area, and outer margin, and pale brown to yellowish in remaining areas; reniform spot white with black mottling; terminal line with several pale dots; hindwing brownish-gray with yellowish fringe
New Brunswick to Florida, west to Arizona and Utah, north to Alberta; type specimen collected in Nebraska
adults fly from July to September (1)
larvae in late spring and early summer
larvae feed on timothy (Phleum spp.) and are sometimes a pest on corn plants
Life Cycle
one generation per year
See Also
Black-banded Brocade (Oligia modica) forewing has sharper and more distinct markings, and a dark wedge-shaped patch between reniform and orbicular spots (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Internet References
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.