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Family Nolidae - Nolid Moths

Small Baileya? - Baileya australis Moth 09.07.13 (4) - Baileya australis 8983.2 – Ashy Meganola Moth - Meganola spodia - male unknown moth - Nycteola Meganola ? - Meganola Sorghum Webworm Moth - Nola cereella Moth to porch light - Nola cereella Nola cereella? - Nola cereella
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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 Nolidae (Nolid Moths)
Explanation of Names
Nolidae is from the type genus Nola. Leach named them for the Italian town of Nola. (1)
7 subfamilies; 12 genera with 40 species in our area (2) . At least three more species are undescribed and awaiting description.
All 40 described species of Nolidae found in North America north of Mexico are included here with the exception of three species without images in the guide, leaving 37 described species with images on this page. One undescribed species is also included; at least two additional undescribed species are found in North America north of Mexico.


Nola — 10 species

N. pustulata                 N. cilicoides                  N. cereella                   N. triquetrana               N. minna


N. ovilla                       N. clethrae                   N. lagunculariae           N. involuta                    N. cucullatella

      [missing]                     [missing]

Meganola — 9 species                                                                                                                                                                             Cephalospargeta — 1 species

M. minuscula                M. phylla                     M. georgei                    M. spodia                     M. minor                                                       C. elongata


M. fuscula                    M. dentata                   M. varia                      M. conspicua



Baileya — 7 species

B. doubledayi               B. ophthalmica             B. dormitans                B. acadiana                  B. levitans                   B. ellessyoo                  B. australis



Nycteola — 5 described species, 1 undescribed

N. frigidana                  N. columbiana              N. n. sp.                      N. cinereana                N. metaspilella              N. fletcheri


Garella — 1 species


Eligminae                                                                                  Collomeninae

Iscadia — 1 species                                                                          Motya — 1 species                                          Collomena — 1 species

I. aperta                                                                                           M. abseuzalis                                                   C. inflexa


Afridinae                                                                                                                                                         Diphtherinae

Afrida — 3 described species, multiple undescribed                                                                                                   Diphthera — 1 species

A. ydatodes                 A. exegens                  A. minuta                                                                                            D. festiva


Technical Characteristics: males with a 'bar-shaped' retinaculum (similar to that of Arctiids); moths of one of two types:
1) fw with Rs veins arising from a single stalk and with tufts of raised scales, OR
2) fw with accessory cell, frons glossy on lower half, distance between eyes narrower than eye width in frontal view
(description by Gerald Fauske at Moths of North Dakota)
represented throughout North America
larvae feed on woody plants, forbs, or grasses
Mainly an Old World family; about 2 percent of all species occur in North America.
Internet References
description of family, and other info (Moths of North Dakota)
pinned adult images of species in eastern Canada (CBIF)
pinned adult images of species in western Canada (CBIF)
classification (Butterflies & Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .