Other Common Names
• 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
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
Univoltine on Block Island
, RI, flying mainly June and July.(1)
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
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.
- images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Moths of North Dakota
– brief description and image of pinned adult
live adult image
(Lynn Scott, Ontario)
(Larry Line, Maryland)