Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Urola nivalis (Drury, 1773)
original combination Phalaena nivalis Drury, 1773
= Hydrocampa nivalis
; in Emmons (1854) Ag. of N.Y. 5: 233
syn. Geometra argentata
Emmons, 1854; synonymy in Grote (1875) Bull. Buff. Soc. Nat. Sci. 2: 166
syn. Urola michrochysella
Walker, 1863; synonymy in Fernald (1880) No. Am. Ent. 1: 100
syn. Argyria fimbrialis
Dyar, 1914; Rpt. Lep. Smithsonian Bio. Surv. Panama Canal 47: 317
= Argyria nivalis
Dyar, 1914; in Fernald (1880) No. Am. Ent. 1: 100
* phylogenetic sequence #162800
Silvery-white wings with a "satin" sheen. Rests with wings folded over body, tent-like. Head and palps white. Has small dark mark at midpoint of inner margin of forewing (based on description by Lynn Scott). Hindwing translucent white(1)
Eastern North America: southern Canada, Maine, south to Florida, west to Illinois, Texas. Common in South
Larvae said to feed on grasses(1)
Larvae pest of Ligustrum(2
) is very similar but has dark spots on forewing:
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forewing has orange strip extending along inner margin, and head and palps are orange:
Covell, p. 404, plate 48-20(1)
Moth Photographers Group
- species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
Butterflies and Moths of North America
- species page with range maps and photographs of living adult.
Texas A&M University
- pest status and county record.
Lynn Scott's Lepidoptera
- photographs of living adults and species notes.