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933264 – 10882   Richia parentalis (Grote, 1879)

Steve Morris
Distribution: ND, MT and NV south to AZ and eastern TX.
Type locality (parentalis): Colorado.
Type locality (decipiens): Colorado.
Type locality (distichoides): New Mexico.
Field Marks:
FWL: 16-19 mm; "First segment of middle tarsus slightly enlarged, 1.5-1.7 X as long as apical four segments" (Lafontaine, 2004).
Similar Species:
  • Richia chortalis FWL: 18-22 mm; "first segment of middle tarsus 3 X as long as apical four segments..." (Lafontaine 2004).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Agrotis parentalis Grote, 1879
Agrotis decipiens Grote, 1879
Ammoconia distichoides Grote, 1883
Taxonomic Notes: Richia parentalis: Includes as a synonym Richia distichoides [10883].
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Grote, A.R., 1879. New western Noctuidae. North American Entomologist, 1(6): 44.
  • Lafontaine, J. D., 2004. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.1: p. 135; pl. F.8-12. order or free PDF
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 56.42f, 56.43m; p. 309. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
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