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Species Chytolita morbidalis - Morbid Owlet - Hodges#8355

Stone-winged Owlet Moth - Chytolita morbidalis Stone-Winged Owlet - Chytolita morbidalis morbid owlet - Chytolita morbidalis Zanclognatha sp. - Chytolita morbidalis brown moth with jointed antennae - Chytolita morbidalis Bioblitz Moth #52 - Chytolita morbidalis Chytolita morbidalis Moth ID - Chytolita morbidalis
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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 Chytolita
Species morbidalis (Morbid Owlet - Hodges#8355)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chytolita petrealis (Guenée, 1854)(1)
Herminea morbidalis Guenée 1854
Chytolita petrealis Grote 1880
Chytolita fulicalis Smith 1907
Zanclognatha punctiformis Smith 1895
Phylogenetic sequence #930502

*2013 revision placed Chytolita petrealis Grote 1880 [8356] as a synonyms of Chytolita morbidalis (1)
Explanation of Names
MORBIDALIS: from the Latin "morbidus" (sickly, diseased), from "morbus" (disease); probably refers to the moth's "sickly" pale color
There is one named species of Chytolita in America north of Mexico.(1)
wingspan 29-35 mm
forewing pale grayish-white; lines diffuse, brownish or orangish; AM line slightly jagged or irregular; PM line sinuate with small scallops; ST line straight, composed of several dark spots or wedges
hindwing even paler with faint grayish veins
deciduous woods and edges; generally drier or less boggy habitat than Chytolita petrealis
larvae feed on dead leaves of deciduous trees, and have been reared on dandelion, grass, hazel, lettuce
Print References
Crabo, Lars G., et. al. 2013. Five new species and three new subspecies of Erebidae and Noctuidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) from Northwestern North America, with notes on Chytolita Grote (Erebidae) and Hydraecia Guenée (Noctuidae).(1)
Internet References
Images and Info at Barcoding Life
presence in South Carolina; county map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
Works Cited
1.Five new species and three new subspecies of Erebidae and Noctuidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) from .....
Lars G. Crabo, Melanie Davis, Paul Hammond, Tomas Mustelin, Jon Shepard. 2013. ZooKeys 264: 85–123.