New York Natural Heritage Program
Toothed Apharetra
Sympistis dentata (Grote, 1875)
Kingdom: Animalia

      Phylum: Mandibulates (Mandibulata)

           Class: Insects (Insecta)

                Order: Butterflies, Skippers, and Moths (Lepidoptera)

                     Family: Owlet Moths (Noctuidae)

Comments on the Classification [-]
This is a small distinctive genus. While only a single species is now recognized in eastern North America, there is regional variation comparable to butterfly subspecies. The Albany and Shawangunk occurrences, which are in pine barrens, are the smooth colored, weakly-marked, southern form while the Adirondack populations and other northern populations are more strongly marked.