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Species Elaphria festivoides - Festive Midget - Hodges#9681

Festive Midget Moth - Elaphria festivoides shiny moth near porchlight - Elaphria festivoides Elaphria festivoides? - Elaphria festivoides Elaphria festivoides unknown moth - Elaphria festivoides Festive Midget - Elaphria festivoides camouflaged moth - Elaphria festivoides camouflaged moth - Elaphria festivoides
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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Elaphriini
Genus Elaphria (Midgets)
Species festivoides (Festive Midget - Hodges#9681)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elaphria festivoides (Guenée, 1852) (1)(2)
Celaena festivoides Guenée, 1852
Many synonyms listed in the PDF. (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932233
Forewing length 8.5–12 mm. (1)
Adult: distinct whitish reniform spot interrupts broad black dash in median area of forewing. Lower PM line also whitish. Rest of forewing brown: lighter brown with gray mottling near base and along costa, darker beyond PM line. Hindwing distinctly gray with a white fringe. See full description by Pogue and Sullivan 2003(2).
Southeast: North Carolina to Florida, west to Texas and north to Missouri.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Adults fly from February to October. (1)
January to November records on Moth Photographers Group. (3)
Larval host includes Box-elder (Acer negundo). (1), (4)
Life Cycle
At least two generations per year (whereas the more northerly E. alapallida has one generation per year).
See Also
Pale-winged Midget (E. alapallida) is more northern. Festive slightly larger on average & generally drabber, lacking the bright rufous and white scales usually present in Pale-winged. Forewing markings generally less defined in Festive than Pale-winged; for example, claviform spot indistinct to absent in Festive, well developed in Pale-winged. Hindwing gray in Festive, whitish in Pale-winged. [adapted from Pogue and Sullivan 2003(2)]
Print References
Covell, pp. 135-136 and plate 27 #7. (4)
Internet References
Species circumscription by Pogue and Sullivan 2003
Works Cited
1.Resolution of the Elaphria festivoides (Guenée) species complex (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae)
Sandra V. Saluke , Michael G. Pogue . 2000. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 102(2): 233-270.
2.Re-evaluation of the Elaphria festivoides (Guenée) species complex (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
Pogue, Michael G. & Sullivan, J. Bolling. 2003. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 105(2), 331–347.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.