Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

BugGuide is a National Moth Week Partner. How to add your National Moth Week 2021 photos. July 17-25.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Previous events


Species Caradrina meralis - Rare Sand Quaker - Hodges#9654

pale moth - Caradrina meralis Caradrina meralis Caradrina meralis Rare Sand Quaker Moth - Caradrina meralis Rare Sand Quaker Moth - Caradrina meralis Rare Sand Quaker Moth - Caradrina meralis Rare Sand Quaker - Caradrina meralis Noctuidae: Caradrina meralis - Caradrina meralis
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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Caradrinini
Subtribe Caradrinina
Genus Caradrina
Species meralis (Rare Sand Quaker - Hodges#9654)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platyperigea meralis
Jan Metlevski notes here that the former genus Platyperigea was demoted to a subgenus of Caradrina by Hermann Hacker in 2004 (see Print References below)
wingspan 26-30 mm
Adult: forewing medium gray with darker gray reniform and orbicular spots; lines either very faint or not visible; may have darker shading in subterminal area, with pale ST line running through it.
A distinctive element in most individuals of four species in the genus Caradrina is the subterminal buff line (or row of spots) shaded with rich brown on the basal side contrasting with dusky gray on the distal side. A characteristic example is shown here:

This includes C. meralis and C. montana primarily in the w. U.S. Also sharing the subterminal color pattern are C. multifera and C. clavipalpis of the n.e. U.S.
British Columbia to Ontario plus northeastern United States, south in the west to Arizona and California
sandy grassland areas
adults fly in late summer and fall
Rare or threatened in several eastern parts of its range: a species "In Greatest Need of Conservation" in Illinois; threatened in Indiana; S1 in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire; special interest in rare in Ontario. [11/16/18: All of the previous document links were non-functional and have been removed; citations need updating.]
See Also
Civil Rustic (Caradrina montana) (1, 2) typically has paler reniform and orbicular spots than on meralis; usually has white dots around the reniform spot, and occurs north to Northwest Territories, Yukon, and probably Alaska.
Print References
Hacker, Hermann. 2004. Revision of the genus Caradrina Ochsenheimer, 1816, with notes on other genera of the tribus Caradrini (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Esperiana. Vol. 10.
Internet References
pinned adult image (California Dept. of Food & Agriculture)
common name reference; PDF doc (Govt. of Indiana)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)