Moths of North Dakota

Noctuidae: Noctuinae: Noctuini

Xestia smithii (Snellen 1896)

Common name: no accepted common name, listed here as Smith's dart.

Hodges #: 10944.

Identification: Rfw 15.51 mm, overall ground brown or gray; median shade dark from costa and between ordinary spots, black at inception of st. line at costa.  Frons smooth, protibiae with a complete row of mesal setae and only a few lateral apical setae .  

Similar species: 10644, 10882, 10941, 10943, 10954, 10955, 11018, 11024.1, 11027, 11029, 11039, 11041, 11042,1, 11043, 11044, 11045, and 11049.1. 

Distribution: transcontinental from Alaska to Newfoundland and south through temperate United States, occurring further south on the west coast, the Rockies and Appalachians. 

Hosts: Larval hosts include dock, raspberry, violets, and has been reported as causing economic injury to strawberries in Washington State (Crumb 1956). 


ND  Cass Co., Fargo.  UV lt. trap.
9- VIII- 1983.  G. Fauske


SD  Minnehaha Co., Sioux Falls,
 incandescent lt. G. Fauske.







Last updated: 02/06/07

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

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