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Species Sympistis forbesi - Hodges#10067.1

caterpillar - Sympistis forbesi Noctuidae, Sympistis forbesi, parasitized larva - Sympistis forbesi Noctuidae, dorsal - Sympistis forbesi Noctuidae - Sympistis forbesi Early instar - Sympistis forbesi Larva with Euplectrus parasitoids - Sympistis forbesi caterpillar on caterpillar - Sympistis forbesi
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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 Oncocnemidinae
Genus Sympistis
Species forbesi (Sympistis forbesi - Hodges#10067.1)
Hodges Number
10067.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sympistis forbesi Zacharczenko & Wagner, 2014 (1)
Explanation of Names
Zacharczenko et al. (2014) stated "We name the species after William T. Forbes, North America’s premier lepidopterist over a 40-year period from 1920 to 1960." (1)
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed 176 species of the genus Sympistis in America north of Mexico. (2)
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2013) reinstated one species. (3)
Size
Zacharczenko et al. (2014) reports the forewing length. (1)
♂ 14.5–16 mm. (n=23)
♀ 14–16.5 mm. (n=10)
Identification
Description in PDF. (1)

Can only reliably be identified by the larva.
Range
Zacharczenko et al. (2014) includes Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota. Possibly larger range based on host plant range.(1)
Habitat
Prairie (1)
Savanna, woods edge, open woodland where the host plant (Triosteum) grows. (MJ Hatfield)
Food
The larvae were reared on Triosteum species including Triosteum perfoliatum L. (feverwort) and Triosteum aurantiacum E.P. Bicknell (orangefruit horse-gentian). (1)
Larvae have only been found on Triosteum perfoliatum, but they've been reared on Triosteum aurantiacum and Ash (Fraxinus). (MJ Hatfield)
Life Cycle
Tiny larvae on emerging Triosteum shoots; Early instar larva; Older larva blending with leaf; Older larva; Adult
Print References
Zacharczenko, B., Wagner, D.L. & M.J. Hatfield, 2014. A new cryptic Sympistis from eastern North America revealed by novel larval phenotype and host plant association (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Oncocnemidinae). Zookeys: (379): 93–107. (1)
Works Cited
1.A new cryptic Sympistis from eastern North America revealed by novel larval phenotype and host plant ...
Brigette Zacharczenko, David Wagner, Mary Jane Hatfield. 2014. ZooKeys 379 : 93-107.
2.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
3.Additions and corrections to the check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
J. Donald Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt . 2013. ZooKeys 264: 227-236.