Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea Notodontidae: Heterocampinae

Heterocampa obliqua Packard 1864

Common name: Oblique heterocampa

Hodges #: 7983

Identification: Rfw 20.4 mm, with black streak in cell CuA2 continuous with reniform; apical patch white in males, brownish in females. Male eighth sternite with an inverted 'U-shaped' groove having a pit located at eacg end point.  Members of the genus Heterocampa can be separated from Lochmaeus by having the terminal line being either continuous or accented by spots at the wing veins.  Members of the genera Heterocampa and Lochmaeus can be separated from Schizure by the constricted Rs cell on the hw.   

Similar species: 7952, 7953, 7975, 7985, 7990.

Distribution: United States east of the Great Plains.

Hosts: Larval feed on Oaks- Quercus.


ND.  Cass Co., Red River of the North.
R. W. Poole.

Forewing of H. obliqua, arrow indicating continuous terminal line.





Heterocampa obliqua, eighth sternite (left) showing inverted 'U-shaped' groove (green arrow) and associated pit (blue arrow);
Hindwing of same (right) showing constricted (pink arrow) Rs cell (green) above discal cell (blue).





Last updated: 04/14/09

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