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Species Paectes pygmaea - Pygmy Paectes - Hodges#8959

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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 pygmaea (Pygmy Paectes - Hodges#8959)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paectes pygmaea Hübner, 1818
Ingura flabella Grote, 1879
Phylogentic sequence # 931107
Wingspan 19-24 mm. (1)
Larvae to 2 cm (2).
Adult - recognized by its small size, dark area around forewing PM line, contrasting dark hindwing with white fringe, and lack of blueish-gray seen in P. abstrolella. Male antenna pectinate, female simple. (1)
Larvae - mature larvae are yellowish apple green with yellow spots (Edwards & Elliot, 1883).
Massachusetts to Florida, Michigan, Kansas and eastern Texas. (1)
Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum) (2).
See Also
P. abrostolella 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 .
2.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.