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Species Apamea scoparia - Hodges#9365

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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 Apamea
Species scoparia (Apamea scoparia - Hodges#9365)
Hodges Number
wingspan about 43 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing dull reddish-brown; upper half of reniform spot filled with ground color, lower half dark gray to blackish, and distal edge with pale scales, including two converging small whitish ovals in lower corner of reniform spot; PM line faint, dark, toothed; subterminal line indistinct, pale, irregular; dark scaling along veins; hindwing dirty gray, darker toward outer margin, with dark veins and diffuse discal lunule; fringe dull yellow
Newfoundland to British Columbia and adjacent northern states, north to Northwest Territories, Yukon, and perhaps Alaska, south in the west to California and Utah
adults fly from June to September in Alberta
See Also
Apamea apamiformis forewing has a dark anal dash extending to the PM line, a dark claviform spot, and no reddish tint; A. cogitata and A. dubitans forewings have a pale reniform spot (compare images of all 4 species at CBIF)
the dark form of Apamea amputatrix (formerly considered a distinct species, Apamea castanea) also has two converging small whitish ovals in lower corner of reniform spot, but its forewing is much darker than A. scoparia, and lacks a reddish tint (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Mustelin, T., R.H. Leuschner, K. Mikkola, and J.D. Lafontaine. 2000. Two new genera and thirteen new species of owlet moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), mainly from southern California. Proc. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist. (36):6.
Internet References
pinned adult image by G.G. Anweiler, and flight season in Alberta (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
pinned adult image labeled as "Apamea lateritia" (Insects of Quebec)
distribution in Canada list of provinces and territories (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
presence in Utah listed as "Agroperina lateritia" (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)
presence in California listed as "Agroperina lateritia" (U. of California at Berkeley)