Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Feltia herilis (Grote, 1873)
* phylogenetic sequence # 933503
species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Adult: forewing dark violet-gray to violet-brown, including costa; PM line more complete than in other Feltia species, and orbicular spot "fatter" and more rounded or U-shaped; pale whitish streak running longitudinally through center of wing stops abruptly just below level of reniform spot, which is also pale whitish; orbicular spot is same dark color as the strip running along the costa; no pale streaks in subterminal area; hindwing medium gray on outer half, shading to light yellowish-gray on inner half
Photo from Mark Dreiling of a specimen determined by DNA.
all of United States, and coast to coast in southern Canada
Varied, fields, cultivated lands.
Adults may be abundant at lights in late summer into fall.
Larvae feed on more than 40 plant species including crops, forages, vegetables, and forbs/herbs.
Adults may take nectar--I've seen it feeding on Blazing Star (Liatris) at night. [Patrick Coin]
Often the first Feltia species to appear each year (usually in July), up to a month earlier than the other common species. Perhaps this is the origin of the alternate common name, Herald Dart (?)
The other 3 common species of Feltia all have a triangular or V-shaped orbicular spot (not oval or U-shaped), a pale whitish strip along the costa, and some amount of pale streaking in the subterminal area.
of 4 common Feltia
Lafontaine, J. D., 2004. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 27.1: p. 219; pl. J.38-39
Covell, p. 91, plate 19 #10
Lafontaine JD, Schmidt BC (2010) Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 106
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems
- species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
live adult images
(Lynn Scott, Ontario)
distribution in Canada
list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)