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Species Baileya levitans - Pale Baileya - Hodges#8972

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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 levitans (Pale Baileya - Hodges#8972)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1906 by Smith, who originally placed it in genus Leptina
wingspan 25-34 mm
Adult: forewing light gray with grayish-white median area, small basal patch, and least distinct apical patch of any Baileya species; reniform spot with black outline and center forming an eyespot; AM and PM lines double; PM line with smoothly rounded hump near inner margin; AM line more distinct than in other species, and with pointed tooth midway, projecting toward median area
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]
Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Arkansas and Illinois, north to Michigan and Ontario
adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from April to August
larval foodplants are unknown
See Also
B. australis and ophthalmica forewings have larger pale basal area, smaller reniform spot, and less distinct AM line (compare images of all three species at CBIF)
Internet References
Key to Baileya species; PDF doc (Vernon Brou, courtesy Yale U.)