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Black-barred Brown (Plagiomimicus pityochromus)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Black-barred Brown



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A solid black bar sits on the center of the forewing of this mostly brown moth.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Black-barred Brown moths have an hourglass-shaped black mark that is easy to see against the paler brown color of the wings. The shape's edges may appear rounded-off, giving it more the appearance of a figure eight in some individuals. A second dark mark beneath that black bar may also be present. Though the overall color of the moth is light or medium brown, a dark brown semi-circle sits at the outer edge of each forewing, very close to the tip. Caterpillars feed on Giant Ragweed, a species of the common allergen that can grow over 3 meters (10 feet) tall.

Look for adults from mid-summer through early autumn near riverbanks and stream edges where the host plant naturally grows.




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: Plagiomimicus
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            Species: pityochromus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Plagiomimicus pityochromus
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 18mm (0.55" to 0.70")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; white
Descriptors: black figure eight; black hourglass; flying; dark wing tip
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 14mm (0.6in) and 18mm (0.7in)
Lo: 14mm
Md: 16mm
Hi: 18mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Black-barred Brown 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 Black-barred Brown. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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