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Family Nolidae - Nolid Moths

moth - Baileya ophthalmica Meganola - Meganola spodia Moth for ID - Baileya acadiana Unidentified Moth  - Garella nilotica Ceanothus Nola Moth - Nola minna moth baileya moth - Baileya Nycteola frigidana ? - Nycteola frigidana
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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)
Moths of North Dakota reports 29 species in 8 genera in North America
16 species in 5 genera in Canada (CBIF)
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)
represented throughout North America
larvae feed on woody plants, forbs, or grasses
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.