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Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands

Anaplectoides pressus [Noctuidae]

JPG-Anaplectoides pressus

Wingspan 4.1 cm. Forewing is gray or green with black shades; hindwing is pale gray to white. This noctuid is common and widely distributed in western North America, particularly in wet conifer forests. Moths fly in midsummer. Caterpillars feed on the foliage of herbs.

Similar species: Anaplectoides prasina is larger, forewing with a large white subapical spot adjacent to the reniform spot, hindwing dark brown, widely distributed in wet conifer forests, caterpillars feed on the foliage of species of Rubus and Vaccinium; Aplectoides condita (Noctuidae) forewing is black with large white discal spots and a red-brown submarginal border, occurs in high elevation conifer forests of the Cascade Mountains and northern Rocky Mountains, caterpillars feed on the foliage of conifers; Xestia mustelina forewing is pink-gray with large, gray discal spots.

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