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Blueberry Dart
Coenophila opacifrons (Grote, 1878)

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Identification: Forewing brownish-gray with dark toothed PM line and dark scalloped AM line; reniform and orbicular spots filled with ground color, and joined by dark line or patch (sometimes faint and/or partial); dark patch on basal side of orbicular spot does not extend past AM line; no noticeable basal dash or claviform spot; diffuse dark band across subterminal area; hindwing light brownish-gray with dark discal spot and veins, diffuse PM band, dark terminal line, and pale fringe; antennae bipectinate in male, simple in female
Wing Span: 3.2-3.8 cm
Life History:
Flight: July to early September
Caterpillar Hosts: Larvae feed on Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne [=Cassandra] calyculata), blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) and Sweetgale (Myrica gale)
Adult Food:
Habitat: Boreal forest peat bogs and fens; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Range: Newfoundland to British Columbia and adjacent northern states, south in the east to New Jersey
Management Needs: