Gnophaela latipennis

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Gnophaela latipennis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Gnophaela
Species: G. latipennis
Binomial name
Gnophaela latipennis
(Boisduval, 1852)[1]
Synonyms
  • Glaucopsis latipennis Boisduval, 1852
  • Gnophaela hopfferi Grote & Robinson, 1868

Gnophaela latipennis, the Wild Forget-me-not Moth, is a moth of the Erebidae family. It was described by Boisduval in 1852. It is found in Oregon and California. The habitat consists of open mixed hardwood-conifer forests, oak woodlands and open riparian areas near creeks, as well as in open ponderosa pine forests and mountain meadows.[2]

The length of the forewings is 26 mm. The fore- and hindwings are black with few large translucent greenish yellow spots. Adults are on wing from late May to early August.[3]

The larvae feed on Cynoglossum grande, Cynoglossum occidentale, Hackelia californica, Mertensia and Myosotis species.[4] They are black with lateral yellow patches and they are densely covered with hair tufts. The species overwinters as a second instar larva.

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