Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Giving Tuesday

Do you use BugGuide? Please consider a monetary gift on this Giving Tuesday.

Donate Now

Your donation to BugGuide is tax-deductible.

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

See Moth submissions from National Moth Week 2023

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

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

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

Photos of 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

Previous events


Species Lesmone griseipennis - Gray-winged Owlet - Hodges#8654

Moth - Lesmone griseipennis Erebid - Lesmone griseipennis Moth - Lesmone griseipennis Lesmone sp? - Lesmone griseipennis Epidromia sp. - Lesmone griseipennis - female Erebidae? - Lesmone griseipennis Lesmone griseipennis Lesmone griseipennis
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 Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Omopterini
Genus Lesmone
Species griseipennis (Gray-winged Owlet - Hodges#8654)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lesmone griseipennis (Grote, 1882)
Trama griseipennis Grote, 1882
one of 5 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 30 mm, based on two photos by Jim Vargo
Adult: sexually dimorphic - male wings greenish-gray with black shading inside ST and PM lines; female forewing purplish-gray with no black shading, but inconspicuous apical dash; hindwing brownish-gray; PM line in male mostly straight, with sharp angle near costa; PM line in female slightly curved, with rounded angle near costa; in both sexes, forewing outer margin slightly falcate, and terminal line of all wings scalloped.
Western Texas to Arizona
Type locality: AZ
See Also
Lesmone detrahens is not found west of central TX. "In the males the st line is barely visible and the contrast between the light and dark st shade subdued in detrahens. The females are darker and the ordinary lines obscure in detrahens compared to griseipenni.", Jim Vargo, pers. comm. 11/11/2017.
Lesmone aenaria is not found north of southern TX.
Print References
Grote, A.R. 1882. New moths. The Canadian entomologist. 183.
Internet References
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
pinned adult images of holotype (Harvard U., Massachusetts)
presence in Texas; list (Dale Clark, Texas)