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Species Zanclognatha lituralis - Lettered Zanclognatha - Hodges#8340

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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Zanclognatha
Species lituralis (Lettered Zanclognatha - Hodges#8340)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Lettered Fan-foot (1)
Adult: Three bold dark spots spaced along costa of forewing (and sometimes a fourth, faint, spot at base); thin black chevron near middle of wing; remainder of forewing medium brown with no conspicuous markings.
Larvae: See "Preliminary key to Zanclognatha larvae" (2)
Eastern United States and Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario.
Adults fly from May to August.
Larvae feed on dead leaves.
As of 2013: "Zanclognatha lituralis consists of at least two valid species (Rings et al. 1992)." (2)
See Also
Zanclognatha dentata - Separated from Z. dentata by The presence of a third (subapical) costal spot, (where the subterminal line meets the costa), usually present in Zanclognatha lituralis, is absent in Zanclognatha dentata; the grayer ground color and uneven subterminal line also distinguish Zanclognatha lituralis from Zanclognatha dentata... Composed of at least two species. (2)
Internet References
Images and Info at Moth Photographers Group
Images at Barcoding Life
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
2.A new Zanclognatha from eastern North America and a preliminary key to the larvae of the genus...
Wagner, D.L. & T.L. McCabe. 2011. ZooKeys 149: 89-101.