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Bent-line Dart (Choephora fungorum)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Bent-line Dart



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Hint of pink on an orange-brown wing soften the woody appearance of the Bent-line Dart.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The medium brown wings of the Bent-line Dart are crossed with two thin, dark lines: one curves around the ?shoulders?, and the other sits near the bottom edge. This bottom line is mostly straight except for a generous upward bend right by the outer edge. It almost draws the eye up to the dark brown rectangular patch above it. A faint dark line almost connects the rectangles on each wing.

Caterpillars for this species feed on low-growing weeds like clover and dandelion. Tobacco also serves as a host plant. It is brown with black mottled lines on it. A thin yellow line connects a row of orange dashes along the sides. The sides of the body may be flatter, giving it more of a worm-like appearance. The head is dark brown.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Noctuidae
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          Genus: Choephora
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            Species: fungorum
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Choephora fungorum
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 33mm to 47mm (1.29" to 1.85")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; tan; orange; pink
Descriptors: brown square; thin brown line; hairy brown thorax; flying; bronze fringe; pink; orange
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 33mm (1.3in) and 47mm (1.9in)
Lo: 33mm
Md: 40mm
Hi: 47mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Bent-line Dart may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Bent-line Dart. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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