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Species Baileya australis - Small Baileya - Hodges#8973

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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 Risobinae
Genus Baileya
Species australis (Small Baileya - Hodges#8973)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Baileya australis – (Grote, 1881)
* phylogenetic sequence #931154
Seven Baileya species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
wingspan 21-28 mm
Adult: forewing shiny, gray, with silvery or whitish shading in median area; subterminal (ST) line heavy and almost straight near costa; basal patch white, conspicuous; reniform spot obscure; PM line sinuate, usually visible; melanic specimens common in midwest, with less distinct patterns (2)
Quebec and New York to Florida, west to Texas, north to North Dakota and Ontario
adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from April to September
larval foodplant currently unknown
Life Cycle
three generations per year in the south; fewer farther north
See Also
Sleeping Baileya (Baileya dormitans) forewing more uniformly gray, ST line sharply bent near costa (not almost straight), and PM line less conspicuous or not visible (compare images of both species at CBIF)
Print References
Lafontaine J. D., and B. C. Schmidt 2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. p. 42.(1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
common name reference and flight season (Ohio State U.)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
distribution in Canada; list (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
Key to Baileya species; PDF doc (Vernon Brou, courtesy Yale U.)
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 .
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.