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Salt-and-Pepper Looper Moth
Syngrapha rectangula (Kirby, 1837)


Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Plusiinae
Identification: forewing dark gray to black with extensive white or silvery areas; subterminal line black, jagged; stigma large, irregular, white or silvery, often connecting to pale basal patch; fringe checkered black and white; hindwing dirty pale brown with broad blackish terminal band and pale fringe
Wing Span: 3.0-3.5 cm.
Life History:
Flight: June to August
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Habitat: Wet boreal and montane coniferous forests; adults are often active during the day but are also nocturnal and come to light
Range: across southern Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia, plus adjacent northern states, south in the west to California, south in the east (mountains only) to North Carolina and Tennessee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
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