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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Oncocnemis sandaraca [Noctuidae]

JPG-Oncocnemis sandaraca

Wingspan 3.2 cm. Forewing is mottled red-gray; hindwing is yellow with a broad black submarginal border. This noctuid is common and occurs in dry forests in the Pacific West. Moths fly in late summer and fall. The caterpillar host plant is unknown.

Similar species: Oncocnemis hayesi forewing is pale yellow-brown to yellow-gray, widely distributed in the Rocky Mountain region; Oncocnemis albifasciata forewing is pale cream with a black median band and black submarginal band on both wings, widely distributed in dry forests of western North America.

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