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Species Neodactria luteolellus - Mottled Grass-veneer - Hodges#5379

Moth 4 - Neodactria luteolellus 5379  Mottled Grass-veneer Moth  - Neodactria luteolellus Neodactria luteolellus Mottled Grass-veneer - Neodactria luteolellus Mottled Grass-Veneer - Neodactria luteolellus Neodactria - Neodactria luteolellus Mottled Grass-veneer (Neodactria luteolellus)  - Neodactria luteolellus Neodactria luteolellus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini
Genus Neodactria
Species luteolellus (Mottled Grass-veneer - Hodges#5379)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neodactria luteolella (alternate spelling)
described in 1860 by Clemens, who originally placed it in genus Crambus
two subspecies listed at All-Leps: luteolellus and refotalis
wingspan 13-24 mm
Adult: forewing variably yellowish to brownish-orange to grayish-brown; median and subterminal lines indistinct, wavy, orangish; subterminal line angled inwards near the top; terminal line very indistinct, sometimes consisting of only a row of 3-5 dark dots; apex slightly pointed; hindwing brownish-gray [adapted from description at U. of Alberta]

Mark Dreiling's Specimen
Labrador and Quebec to North Carolina, west to Arizona and California, north to Alberta
grassland areas
adults fly in June and July
larvae probably feed on grass
Life Cycle
one generation per year
See Also
Neodactria caliginosellus forewing is dark gray; N. zeellus forewing is paler, lacks orangish shading.
Internet References
live and pinned adult images (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image plus habitat, description, similar species, foodplant, distribution (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
pinned adult images and collection site map [the markers in Florida and Mississippi presumably represent a different species] (All-Leps)
live and pinned adult images and dates (Larry Line, Maryland)
Two new species of Neodactria from the United States of America; PDF doc (Bernard Landry and Richard L. Brown, Zootaxa. 2005.
presence in North Carolina; list (Smokies Moth and Butterfly Bioblitz, USGS)