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Species Ochropleura implecta - Flame-shouldered Dart - Hodges#10891

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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 Noctuini
Subtribe Noctuina
Genus Ochropleura
Species implecta (Flame-shouldered Dart - Hodges#10891)
Hodges Number
The only species in this genus in North America.
wingspan 25-32 mm
forewing reddish-brown edged with cream along costa from base to reniform spot; black basal dash and bar extend through gray orbicular and reniform spots
hindwing white with yellowish-brown terminal line and shading at apex
[description by Charles Covell]
Newfoundland to South Carolina, west to Arizona, north to British Columbia
adults fly from May to August
larvae feed on various plants, including beet, clover, chicory, willow
Life Cycle
two generations per year
This species was described in 1998 by Don Lafontaine, who distinguished it from the very similar Ochropleura plecta (Flame Shoulder) which occurs only in Eurasia, and was described by Linnaeus in 1761. A number of Internet sites still incorrectly refer to the North American moth as Ochropleura plecta.
See Also
Obelisk Dart (Euxoa obeliscoides) is superficially similar but has large pale reniform and orbicular spots