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Species Feralia major - Major Sallow - Hodges#10007

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Amphipyrinae
Tribe Psaphidini
Subtribe Feraliina (Mossy Sallows)
Genus Feralia
Species major (Major Sallow - Hodges#10007)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Feralia major (Smith, 1890)
TL ≈ 20-22mm (1)
WS ≈ 40mm (2)
Adult: FW pale to mint green, variable ● Basal and terminal areas of FW lighter green ● Median area peppered with black ● Orbicular and reniform spots partly outlined white ● AM & PM black jagged lines are often inconspicuous and amount of black varies considerably ● HW dark gray, with pale olive in the disc and on the lower margin ● TL and fringe are checkered black and white ● Males have narrowly bipectinate antennae and females simple (1) (2)
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Single-brooded, with adults in early spring (mid to late April) (2)
Life Cycle
Adults develop in the pupa prior to winter, prepared to emerge early in the spring (2)
See Also
Feralia comstocki - duller green with greatly reduced dark areas, more evenly colored FW with more conspicuous PM line and FW has three blackish blotches around reniform spot

Feralia deceptiva – has mostly green forewing with black & white meandering AM and PM lines (western species)

Feralia februalis –has large white orbicular and reniform spots (occurs only in the far west)

Feralia jocosa – small size, dark HW and lack large patches black scale on FW
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (3)
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (4)
E. H. Strickland Museum – species description (2)