Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea Notodontidae: Heterocampinae

Heterocampa umbrata Walker 1855

Common name: White blotched caterpillar

Hodges #: 7990

Identification: Rfw 24.95 mm, without black streak in cell CuA2, male eighth sternite without inverted 'U-shaped" groove or pits.  Abdomen with a series of dorsal scale tufts.  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, 7983, 7985, 8005.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States east of the Great Plains.

Hosts: Larval feed on Oaks- Quercus.


IN. Tippecanoe Co.  25- VIII- 1966. 
B. Stiles.


Abdomen of H. umbrata showing row of dorsal scale tufts.



Eighth sternite of H. umbrata lacking groove and pits.





Last updated: 04/14/09

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