Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Noctuini

Xestia normaniana (Grote 1874)

Common name: Norman's dart.

Hodges #: 10943.

Identification: Rfw 15.75 mm, overall ground color pale gray, a red brown form has not been found in NorthDakota; black before and between ordinary spots, black at inception of st. line at costa.  Ptagiae tricolored, basal half gray, irrorate with black scales, a transverse white line, apices blackish; hws fuscous, paler basad.  Frons smooth, protibiae with a complete row of mesal setae and only a few lateral apical setae .  

Similar species: 10644, 10680, 10755, 10805, 10882, 10917, 10944, 10954, 10955,.10957,    
11008, and 11047..

Distribution: southern Canada and temperate United states from the Rockies to the Atlantic, ranging southward in the Appalachians..

Hosts: Prunus pennsylvanica-- Pin cherry, Spiraea latifolia-- willow leaved spiraea, Rubus idaeus var. strigosus-- Wild raspberry, and blueberries-- Vaccinium spp. 


ND  Richland Co., Hankinson.  UV lt. trap,
4- VIII- 1985.  G. Fauske.

Xestia normaniana, detail of head showing bicolored palpi,  pale vertex, and tricolored ptagiae (arrows).






Last updated: 02/06/07

Dr. Gerald M. Fauske
collection manager, NDSIRC
research specialist, NDSU
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Fargo, ND 58105

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