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Species Paectes abrostoloides - Large Paectes - Hodges#8962

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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 Euteliidae
Subfamily Euteliinae
Genus Paectes
Species abrostoloides (Large Paectes - Hodges#8962)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Sweetgum Defoliator (larva)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paectes abrostoloides (Guenée, 1852). Synonyms and taxonomic notes:
described in 1852 by Guenee, who originally placed it in genus Ingura
one of 12 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Wingspan 27-32 mm (1)
Adult: lower portion of forewing PM line composed of two short connected arcs (a diagnostic feature); upper portion of PM line angles sharply foreward to meet costa; two black blotches in subterminal area near apex
Massachusetts to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Utah
first recorded in Canada in Brant County, Ontario on 22 Sep 2004
Deciduous forests and edges, presumably near hostplant
adults fly from April to October (1)
Larvae feed on leaves of Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), but range includes regions where this tree is absent, so other hosts may be involved.
See Also
Paectes pygmaea and P. abrostolella have the lower portion of the forewing PM line composed of a single long arc - not two short connected arcs
Paectes nubifera forewing has two dark dots at apex, and pale band in median area
see images of abrostolella and nubifera at CBIF, and see more photos of P. nubifera at All-Leps
Print References
Covell, p. 154, plate 30 #23. (1)
Wagner, Caterpillars of Eastern North America, p.376--photo of adult (specimen) and caterpillar (2)
Internet References
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Utah; list (Joel Johnson, Utah Lepidopterists Society)
first record in Canada [search on species "abrostoloides"] (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.