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Species Protodeltote muscosula - Large Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges#9047

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Eustrotiinae
Genus Protodeltote
Species muscosula (Large Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges#9047)
Hodges Number
9047
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Protodeltote muscosula (Guenée, 1852)
Lithacodia muscosula (Guenée, 1852)
Erastria muscosula Guenée, 1852
Phylogenetic sequence # 931290 (1)
Explanation of Names
MUSCOSULA: from the Latin "muscus" (moss) + [possibly] the Greek "oula" (gums)
moss gums? What might that refer to? In Tom Murray's photo, if the claviform spots are interpreted as eyes on a face, and the whitish subterminal area is seen as a set of teeth, you could say this species has "mossy gums" - and a black moustache to boot! (even if this interpretation is wrong, it provides a good way of remembering the species epithet)
Size
Wingspan 19-23 mm
Identification
Forewing whitish, heavily shaded with grayish-brown (olive-tinted in fresh specimens) and streaked with black; lines broken, blackish; reniform spot partially outlined in white; lower terminal area often white
hindwing light grayish.
[description adapted from Charles Covell]
Range
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Manitoba
Season
The adults fly from May to September or October.
Food
The larvae feed on swamp grasses, especially saw grass.
Remarks
Species epithet sometimes misspelled "musculosa".
See Also
Small Mossy Lithacodia (L. musta) is smaller, forewing more greenish with less white, and reniform spot rounder, more conspicuous.
Internet References
live adult image (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live adult images and larval food plants (Larry Line, Maryland)