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Species Cryphia cuerva - Cryphia Moth - Hodges#9292

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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 Bryophilinae
Genus Cryphia
Species cuerva (Cryphia Moth - Hodges#9292)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly placed in subfamily Acronictinae by Hodges in 1983
described in 1907 by Barnes; type specimen collected in Victoria, British Columbia
one of 12 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 24 mm, based on photo by Jeff Miller at USGS
Adult: thorax and abdomen slender, delicate; forewing mottled with cryptically-colored mix of black, white, bronzy yellow, and gray scales; lines and spots obscure; some specimens have an overall dark forewing, whereas others have extensive white in the subterminal area which contrasts against the dark median area (a feature that distinguishes them from C. olivacea - see See Also section below); no subterminal line; hindwing either uniformly gray or gray tinted with white; diffuse discal spot sometimes visible
British Columbia and Alberta to California
"abundant in the volcanic lava fields of the Cascade Range" [Jeff Miller]
adults fly from July to October in California, July to September in Oregon
larval foodplant unknown
This is the only Cryphia species recorded on two lists of moths from Oregon; see Internet References section below.
See Also
The only other Cryphia species occuring north of California is C. olivacea. In those areas, specimens of C. cuerva having extensive white in the forewing subterminal area can be distinguished from C. olivacea, which lacks contrast between the subterminal and median areas. C. olivacea also tends to have a more distinct orbicular spot and more conspicuous lines see additional images of C. olivacea from Arizona, from BC and Colorado.
In California where additional Cryphia species occur, C. cuerva may be confused with C. fascia and C. oaklandiae.
Pseudobryomima species have a jagged subterminal line on the forewing, and a larger/bulkier body (compare images of P. muscosa and C. cuerva at CBIF).
Internet References
pinned adult image plus habitat and flight season (Jeff Miller, Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands, USGS)
pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
pinned adult image and technical description (California Dept. of Food and Agriculture)
author and type specimen collection location plus info on other Cryphia species (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in Blue Mountains of Oregon; PDF doc 48 specimens collected at light trap, and no other Cryphia species (David Grimble et al, Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, courtesy Harvard U.)
presence in Oregon; list 10 pinned specimens in collection, and no other Cryphia species (Oregon State U.)
presence in California of 8 Cryphia species (U. of California at Berkeley)
distribution in Canada (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
collection dates and locations of 6 specimens in California (U. of California at Berkeley)