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Family Nolidae - Nolid Moths

grey and black Moth Nola 1982 - Nola clethrae Nycteola cinereana Coastal Plain Meganola Moth - Hodges#8983.1 - Meganola phylla Tortricid maybe? - Nycteola cinereana Nycteola metaspilella Ashy Meganola - Meganola spodia Dyar's Lichen Moth - Hodges#8102 (Afrida ydatodes) ? - Afrida ydatodes
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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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly included in either Noctuidae or Arctiidae at various times in the past.
BugGuide currently follows the classification shown at All-Leps (See discussion here). Jean-Francois Landry and Don Lafontaine of Agriculture Canada, and John Burns and Scott Miller of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History are curators of the list, with assistance from others named at the bottom of this page. The classification of moths is continuously under study, and further changes are inevitable.
One of seven North American families in the superfamily Noctuoidea (or eight families, if Pantheinae is given family status [Pantheidae], according to Kitching and Rawlins, 1999).
Numbers
37 species in 11 genera listed at All-Leps
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)
classification of superfamily Noctuoidea, showing seven families (All-Leps)