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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Syngrapha epigaea [Noctuidae]

JPG-Syngrapha epigaea

Wingspan 3.9 cm. Forewing is pale gray with a thin white stigma outlined in black; hindwing is gray. This noctuid is uncommon but widely distributed in montane and coastal forests. Moths fly in late summer. Caterpillars feed on the foliage of huckleberry (Vaccinium).

Similar species: Autographa ampla forewing with a thin white hook-shaped stigma, a broad black median band below the stigma, a small black subapical patch, widely distributed in wet conifer forests of western North America and particularly common in wet coastal forests, caterpillars are generalist feeders on the foliage of flowering trees and shrubs; Syngrapha orophila hindwing is banded in yellow and black.

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