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Species Meganola minuscula - Confused Meganola - Hodges#8983

Moth 23 - Meganola minuscula Meganola sp. - Meganola minuscula Three-spotted nola - Meganola minuscula - female Meganola minuscula  - Meganola minuscula - female confused meganola - Meganola minuscula - female Texas SE Gulf Coast - Meganola minuscula Meganola minuscula - Confused Meganola - Meganola minuscula Unknown Moth - Meganola minuscula
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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)
Subfamily Nolinae
Genus Meganola
Species minuscula (Confused Meganola - Hodges#8983)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Meganola minuscula (Zeller, 1872)
Nola minuscula Zeller, 1872
Roeselia minuscula pura Rothschild, 1916
* Phylogenetic sequence #931121.
Eight Meganola species have been described from America north of Mexico.(1)
Several known species awaiting description.
Wingspan 14-24 mm.
Forewing pale gray and faintly mottled; 3 tufts of scales protrude from the basal half of the costa, giving the wing edges a bumpy appearance; a double postmedial (PM) line curves under the almost invisible reniform spot, then continues in a straight line to the inner margin of the wing; terminal line composed of several black dots.
California to Florida, north to Nova Scotia, west to Saskatchewan, plus British Columbia.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Larvae feed on beech, oak, and willow.
Life Cycle
One or more generations, depending on latitude.
Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, living and pinned adults.
live adult images plus description and other info (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live larva image plus description and other info (Caterpillars of Eastern Forests, USGS)
Works Cited
1.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 .