Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea Notodontidae: Heterocampinae

Heterocampa guttivitta (Walker 1855)

Common name: Maple prominent/ Saddle caterpillar

Hodges #: 7994

Identification: Rfw 19.1 mm, gray, irrorate with green scales which fade in preserved material; sub terminal line nearly straight; ordinary spots not conspicuous.  Male antennae bipectinate, distal third simple; eighth sternite of male with a pair of large pits.  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: 7920, 7928, 7930, 7983, 7995, 7998, 79998005, 9382.

Distribution: southern Canada and United States east of the Rockies, more common northward.

Hosts: Larval feed on the foliage of a variety of deciduous trees: Maples-Acer, Birch- Betula, Dogwood- Cornus, Ironwood- Ostyra, Apple- Malus, Oaks- Quercus, and Walnut- Juglans.


NY. Ithaca.  8- VI- 1958.

Forewing of H. guttivitta showing nearly straight subterminal line.

Larva, pic courtesy of Lacy Hyche, Auburn University, Forestry Images,




Eighth sternite of male H. guttivitta showing large pits.






Last updated: 04/14/09

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