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Caradrina morpheus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Noctuidae
Scientific name  Caradrina morpheus
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Caradrina
Rank  Species
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Similar  Caradrina, Hoplodrina blanda, Hoplodrina octogenaria, Hoplodrina, Marbled minor

The Mottled Rustic (Caradrina morpheus) is a moth of the family Noctuoidea. It is found across the Palearctic from northern Europe to Siberia, Amur and Korea. Also in Armenia, Turkestan, It was accidentally introduced on both the east and west coasts of Canada and is so far reported in the east from New Brunswick to Ontario, and in the west from British Columbia.

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Description

Caradrina morpheus Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus NatureSpot

The wingspan is 32–38 mm. The length of the forewings is 13–16 mm.Forewing dull dark fuscous with a greyish tinge; inner and outer lines obscure, double, the arms far apart; subterminal line grey, with dark suffusion on inner side; orbicular and reniform cloudy fuscous, the latter with a slight fulvous stain on its outer edge at middle; hindwing dull whitish; the cellspot, the veins towards termen, and a slight subterminal line grey. Diagnostic features:forewings may be pale brown or darker brown, forewings may have a glossy appearance;the darker stigmata clearly defined, antemedian line is dentate;postmedian line is poorly defined; subterminal line pale with a darker mottled suffusion; termen with dark lunules between the veins, hindwings are pale glossy white with a small discal spot.

Biology

The moth flies in one generation from mid-May to August [1].

Caradrina morpheus Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums Caradrina Morpheus

Larva greyish brown or dark brown; dorsal line paler, with dark irregular edges; a subdorsal row of blackish sagittate markings; spiracular line darker; head brown with dark speckling.The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants including nettle and dandelion.

Caradrina morpheus Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums Caradrina Morpheus

References

Caradrina morpheus Wikipedia


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