Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Eublemma recta - Hodges#9078

owlet? conused eusarca? - Eublemma recta Straight-lined Seed Moth, #9078 - Eublemma recta Hodges#9078 - Eublemma recta No. 178  Eublemma recta - Eublemma recta 9078 - Eublemma recta Texas SE Gulf Coast - Eublemma recta unknown moth - Eublemma recta Eublemma recta
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Boletobiinae
Tribe Eublemmini
Genus Eublemma
Species recta (Eublemma recta - Hodges#9078)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eublemma recta (Guenée, 1852)
Micra recta Guenée, 1852
Phalaena obiqualis Fabricius, 1794
Anthophila flammicincta Walker, 1865
Trothisa pallescens Herrich-Schäffer, 1868
Micra stalii Wallengren, 1871
Tarache patula Morrison, 1875
T. patruelis Grote, 1876
Xanthoptera laphyra Druce, 1898
* Phylogenetic sequence #930695
one of 4 species in this genus found in America north of Mexico.(1)
wingspan 16-19 mm.
Adult: forewing light brown with dark brown straight PM line running diagonally from mid-way along inner margin to near apex, bordered distally by white; 3-6 black dots or flecks in subterminal area; subterminal line either reddish and heaviest at apex or uniformly faint, sometimes absent; hindwing white with yellow or brown terminal line.
South Carolina and Florida to Texas and south to Argentina.
Bug Guide - range map with monthly record of photos submitted to the guide.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Mesophilic (normal) and xerophilic (dry) areas.
Larvae feed on plants in the morning-glory family such as
Ipomoea L. species * USDA plant profile
Convolvulus species.
See Also
Eublemma cinnamomea - forewing is darker and PM line is perpendicular to costa, not oblique.
Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 28.(1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Boisduval & Guenée, Hist. nat. Ins., Spec. gén. Lépid. 6 (Noct. 2).
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
pinned adult image plus foodplant, habitat, flight season chart, and photo of male genitalia (Pierre Zagatti, Catalog of Lepidoptera of French Antilles)
pinned adult image and other info (Matthew Barnes, Moths of the Grenadines)
foodplants plus distribution map and synonyms (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in South Carolina; county distribution map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
presence in Florida; list as "Eublemma recta" (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
Moth Photographers Group - photo of pinned adult and related species for comparison.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.