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Species Redectis vitrea - White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401

Illinois data point - Redectis vitrea White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401 - Redectis vitrea  White-spotted Redectis  - Redectis vitrea Moth 071615OK - Redectis vitrea White-spotted Redectis - Redectis vitrea Texas SE Gulf Coast - Redectis vitrea Redectis vitrea - White-spotted Redectis - Redectis vitrea White-spotted Redectis - Redectis vitrea
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Redectis
Species vitrea (White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401)
Hodges Number
8401
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1878 by Grote, who originally placed it in genus Dercetis
Numbers
one of two species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
uncommon
Size
wingspan about 18 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing pale brownish-gray with deeply-lobed outer margin; reniform spot represented by cluster of three small white ovals - a diagnostic feature; hindwing pale gray with black-dashed terminal line and slightly irregular outer margin.
Range
southern Ontario and New York to Florida, west to Texas, north to Michigan
Season
adults fly from June to October
Food
larvae apparently feed on crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) [ref: Bob Patterson's site]
See Also
Pygmy Redectis--compare images of R. vitrea and R. pygmaea by Jim Vargo at MPG
Internet References
live adult image (on the left) plus common name coinage and larval foodplant (Bob Patterson, Maryland)
pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Ontario; list (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in Michigan; list state record by George Balogh on 5 September 1999; search on species "vitrea" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)