Moths of North Dakota

Noctuoidea Notodontidae: Heterocampinae

Schizura apicalis (Grote & Robinson, 1866)

Common name: Plain schizura

Hodges #: 8009

Identification: Rfw 12.75 mm, gray, overlaid with white scales. Reniform spot is represented by a black bar.  Members of the genus Schizura are distinguished from the related genera Heterocampa and Lochmaeus by the evenly narrow Rs cell above the discal cell on the hw and from members of the Notodontinae in having the male antennae pectinate with the pectinations abruptly shorter at about 2/3 the antennal length, the apical 1/3 is simple. 

Similar species: 7917, 79988005, 8006, 8011, 8012, 8017.

Distribution: southern Canada and temperate United States east of the east of the Great Plains, more common southward.

Hosts: Larval feed on  Poplar- Populus, and Willow- Salix.


ND.  Ransom Co. 1.5 mi. W. Mcleod.
T134N R53W Sec. 22. 12- VI- 1992.
Hg/UV lt. G. Fauske.


Forewing of Schizura apicalis showing reniform spot represented by a black bar.









Last updated: 04/14/09

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