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Species Renia flavipunctalis - Yellow-spotted Renia - Hodges#8384.1

Renia flavipunctalis Litter moth - Renia flavipunctalis Yellow-spotted Renia? - Renia flavipunctalis Erebidae: Renia flavipunctalis - Renia flavipunctalis Yellowl-spotted Renia - Renia flavipunctalis Yellow-spotted Renia - Renia flavipunctalis Renia - Renia flavipunctalis - male Renia ? - Renia flavipunctalis - male
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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 Renia
Species flavipunctalis (Yellow-spotted Renia - Hodges#8384.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Renia flavipunctalis (Geyer, 1832)
Renia phalerosalis (Walker, 1859)
Renia heliusalis (Walker, 1859)
Renia pastoralis (Grote, 1872)
Renia belfragei (Grote, 1872)
Renia exerta (Smith, 1909)
Renia atrimacula (Smith, 1910)
Explanation of Names
flavipunctalis: from the Latin "flavus" (yellow) + "punctate" (marked with spots) — refers to the forewing's yellowish orbicular and reniform spots, and the origin of the common name "Yellow-spotted"
wingspan about 28 mm
Adult: forewing has thin, fairly smooth AM and PM lines, and diffuse, dark median band. Subterminal line pale and distinct near costa, otherwise obscure or faint. Orbicular and reniform spots dull yellow (hence the common name "Yellow-spotted"), outlined in black and with two larger black dots in reniform. Hindwing same color as forewing, with PM line continuing across it. Antennae have small claw and plume about three-quarters away from base; thin terminal third curls up when dried, while basal portion remains stiff and straight. Sexes similar but female less strongly marked.
North America east of the Rockies
deciduous woodlands, on or close to the ground
adults fly from June to August
larvae feed on dead leaves of deciduous trees (Ohio State U.)
See Also
other members of the subfamily Herminiinae
Renia discoloralis forewing has jagged rather than smooth AM and PM lines
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph of pinned adult and related species for comparison.
Encylopedia of Life - description and live image