Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
(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
At least two generations per year (whereas the more northerly E. alapallida has one generation per year).
) 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)
Covell, pp. 135-136 and plate 27 #7. (4)
by Pogue and Sullivan 2003