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Species Paectes pygmaea - Pygmy Paectes - Hodges#8959

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Classification
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 pygmaea (Pygmy Paectes - Hodges#8959)
Hodges Number
8959
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paectes pygmaea Hübner, 1818
Ingura flabella Grote, 1879
Phylogentic sequence # 931107
Size
Wingspan 19-24 mm. (1)
Larva to 16 mm (Edwards & Elliot, 1883).
Identification
Adult - recognized by its small size, dark are around forewing pm. line, contrasting dark hindwing with white fringe, and lack of blueish-gray seen in P. abstrolela. Male antenna pectinate, female simple. (1)
Larva - mature larva are yellowish apple green with yellow spots (Edwards & Elliot, 1883).
Range
Massachusetts to Florida, Michigan, Kansas and eastern Texas. (1)
Food
Larval host plant is Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum). (1)
See Also
P. abstrolela is larger, lighter in appearance, blue-gray colored. (1)
Works Cited
1.A review of four species names of Paectes from North America (Noctuidae: Euteliinae)
E. H. Metzler, J. G. Franclemont . 1991. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 45(1): 34-41 .