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Species Maliattha synochitis - Black-dotted Maliattha - Hodges#9049

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Eustrotiinae
Genus Maliattha
Species synochitis (Black-dotted Maliattha - Hodges#9049)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
• Black-dotted Glyph (a)
• Black-dotted Lithacodia (formerly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Maliattha synochitis (Grote & Robinson)
Orig. Comb: Erastria synochitis Grote & Robinson, 1868
Syn: Lithacodia synochitis (Grote & Robinson)
one of two species in the genus in North America
TL ≈ 10-12mm
WS ≈ 17-21mm
Adult: FW mottled with light green shading in basal. median and ST areas • median with triangular green patch at inner margin, forming a saddle • orbicular with tiny black dot • Two black sub-apical dashes • HW white with grayish-brown shading and trace of median line • Abdomen - first four segments with successively larger black tufts.
TX-FL-NS-ND (plus a few outer strays) - Map (MPG)
Univoltine on Block Island, RI, flying mainly June and July.(1)
larvae feed on grasses (2)
Maliattha synochitis is the name used in Kristensen N.P. (1999) [Lepidoptera: Moths and butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, systematics and biogeography. Handbook of Zoology. Walter de Gruyter. Berlin/New York], and followed by The Moths of Canada, and Charles Covell on pages xiii-xvi in the 2nd edition of Moths of Eastern North America (2005).
Apparently expanding its range northward: first reported in Canada in 1993 at Port Franks, Ontario, M. synochitis is now found in every province from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan.
Internet References
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Moths of North Dakota – brief description and image of pinned adult
live adult image (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Block Island Moths
2.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.