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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Achytonix epipaschia [Noctuidae]

JPG-Achytonix epipaschia

Wingspan 3.4 cm. Forewing is dark gray to black with gray to red-brown discal spots and the reniform spot at the end of the discal cell slight curved. This noctuid is widely distributed in western North America, particularly common in wet conifer forests in the Pacific West. Moths fly in late summer. Caterpillars feed on the foliage of species of Pinaceae, commonly found on Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).

Similar species: Achytonix praeacuta forewing pale white-gray with a strongly curved reniform spot, widely distributed, moths fly in midsummer.

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