Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Protorthodes incincta (Morrison, 1874)
Mamestra incincta Morrison, 1874
Taeniocampa utahensis Smith, 
Orthodes akalus Strecker, 1899
Agrotis saturnus Strecker, 1900
Graphiphora communis race smithii Dyar, 1904
Taeniocampa indra Smith, 1906
Eriopyga melanopis var. coloradensis Strand, 
Eriopyga daviesi Barnes & Benjamin, 1927
Explanation of Names
INCINCTA: from the Latin "cinctura" (a girdle), from "cingere" (to surround; to gird); perhaps refers to the indistinct median band on the forewing.
Forewing length 11-14 mm. (1)
Adult - forewing grayish-brown with slightly darker median and sometimes terminal areas; AM and PM lines black, scalloped; subterminal line black, slightly wavy or irregular; reniform spot partially filled with dark gray or black; hindwing pale grayish-brown with dark veins and yellowish fringe.
Larva - see Crumb (1956) for description. (2)
Mainly the Western Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, also the Great Basin, the southwest, and eastward into the Great Lakes. (1)
Sand dunes, dry prairies, relic prairie areas around the shores of the Great Lakes.
Adults fly June to early October. [cite:1070989149]
Larval hosts include alfalfa, pole beans, little barley, wheat, hickory and dandelion. (2)
Crumb, S.E., 1956. The Larvae of the Phalaenidae [Noctuidae]. U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin
1135: 128 (2)