Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bagisara rectifascia (Grote, 1874)
* Phylogenetic sequence #931241.
Explanation of Names
from the Latin "rectus" (straight) + "fascia" (a band, fillet); refers to the lines or bands on the forewing, and is the origin of the common name
species are found in America north of Mexico. (1)
Forewing length 12-14 mm.
Adult: forewing have no darkening at the reniform spot and no noticeable dark shading of the three lines; outer margin rounded; male foretibia and forefemur without black-tipped scale tufts.
Southern United States north to Massachusetts and Manitoba, south to Costa Rica.
Moth Photographers Group
- large range map with collection dates.
Most records for adults are May to September. Earlier and later records in the southern regions.
Larvae feed on wax mallow
spp.) and other plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae).
Wavy Lined Mallow Moth
) forewing has darkening at the reniform spot and also some dark shading of the three lines; outer margin slightly angulate; wing length 10-12 mm; male foretibia and forefemur with large dense black-tipped scale tufts
Bob Patterson noted "...photos of B. rectifascia are apt to appear glossy or washed out, while those of B. repanda tend to come out much darker overall."
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 44.(1)
Ferguson, Douglas C. 1997. Review of the New World Bagisarinae with description of two new species from the southern United States (Noctuidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society
. 51(4): 344-357. [available online in PDF format here
pinned adult image
from Manitoba (CBIF)
pinned adult image
from Georgia (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
key to New World species; PDF doc
plus description of 2 new species, distribution, flight season (Douglas Ferguson, courtesy Yale U., Connecticut)
distribution in Canada
in Manitoba only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)