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Family Nolidae - Nolid Moths

Meganola spodia-larva2 - Meganola spodia small unknown Lep cocoon - Nola cilicoides small unknown Lep cocoon on mountain mint - Nola cilicoides Pink and green caterpillar - Meganola spodia Nola cilicoides Caterpillar - Nola cereella Baileya ophthalmica Three-spotted Nola - Nola triquetrana
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Nolidae (Nolid Moths)
Other Common Names
Tuft Moths
Explanation of Names
Nolidae is from the type genus Nola. Leach named them for the Italian town of Nola. (1)
Numbers
Moths of North Dakota reports 29 species in 8 genera in North America
16 species in 5 genera in Canada (CBIF)
Identification
Technical Characteristics: males with a 'bar-shaped' retinaculum (similar to that of Arctiids); moths of one of two types:
1) fw with Rs veins arising from a single stalk and with tufts of raised scales, OR
2) fw with accessory cell, frons glossy on lower half, distance between eyes narrower than eye width in frontal view
(description by Gerald Fauske at Moths of North Dakota)
Range
represented throughout North America
Food
larvae feed on woody plants, forbs, or grasses
Remarks
Mainly an Old World family; about 2 percent of all species occur in North America.
Internet References
description of family, and other info (Moths of North Dakota)
pinned adult images of species in eastern Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult images of species in western Canada (CBIF)
classification (Butterflies & Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.