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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Lacinipolia rectilinea [Noctuidae]

JPG-Lacinipolia rectilinea

Wingspan 2.8 cm. Forewing is variable, black with a white reniform spot, or black with a white postmedian band and black subanal dash. This noctuid is abundant in wet forests in western North America. Moths fly in summer. Caterpillars feed on the foliage of herbs.

Similar species: Lacinipolia olivacea forewing with a pale basal area; Lacinipolia davena forewing with a black basal area; Lacinipolia illaudabilis forewing with pale green basal and postmedian bands; Lacinipolia stricta forewing is red-brown with a narrow white reniform spot; Lacinipolia patalis forewing is uniformly pale gray with large discal spots fused together, endemic to coastal forests.

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