Plusia putnami

Plusia putnami, the Lempke's gold spot or Putnam's looper moth, is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in the Palearctic realm, from Japan and eastern Siberia to Fennoscandia, Great Britain, and France. In North America, it ranges from Newfoundland and Labrador to central Alaska and the interior of British Columbia, south to Pennsylvania, Washington, north-eastern California, and in the Rocky Mountains to Utah and Colorado.

Plusia putnami
Phytometra festata.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Plusia
Species:
P. putnami
Binomial name
Plusia putnami
Grote, 1873
Synonyms
  • Phytometra barbara Warren, 1913
  • Plusia festata Graeser, (1890)
  • Chrysaspidia major Chou & Lu, 1979
  • Chrysaspidia conjuncta Chou & Lu, 1978
  • Autographa gracilis Lempke, 1966

The wing pattern differences between putnami and Plusia festucae are not constant. Genitalic genital dissection is needed to differentiate these two species. The wingspan is 32–42 mm.

BiologyEdit

Adults are on wing from July to August in western Europe and from May to October in the northern parts of North America.

Food plants of the larvae include Calamagrostis.

SubspeciesEdit

  • Plusia putnami putnami (Newfoundland, Labrador to Pennsylvania, southern Canada to Alaska, Washington to northern California, Rocky Mountains)
  • Plusia putnami barbara (Morocco)
  • Plusia putnami festata (Far East, Altai mountains, Japan)
  • Plusia putnami gracilis (Europe, western Siberia)

External linksEdit

  • UKmoths
  • Fauna Europaea
  • Lepiforum.de
  • Anweiler, G. G. & Robinson, E. "Species Details Plusia putnami". University of Alberta Museums. E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  • British Lepidoptera