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Family Nolidae - Nolid Moths

Nycteola frigidana Iscadia aperta larva Day 12 - Iscadia aperta Baileya australis  - Baileya australis Hieroglyphic Moth Caterpillar - Diphthera festiva Caterpillar  - Diphthera festiva Caterpillar on Clethra alnifolia - Nola clethrae Meganola dentata Meganola dentata
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Classification
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)
Other Common Names
Tuft Moths
Explanation of Names
Nolidae is from the type genus Nola. Leach named them for the Italian town of Nola. (1)
Numbers
7 subfamilies; 12 genera with 40 species in our area (2) . At least three more speices are undescribed and awaiting description.
Identification
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)
Range
represented throughout North America
Food
larvae feed on woody plants, forbs, or grasses
Remarks
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 .