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Species Redectis vitrea - White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401

White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401 - Redectis vitrea moth - Redectis vitrea This moth has worn me down.  Help with ID, please! - Redectis vitrea - male 8401 White-spotted Redectis - Redectis vitrea Moth 072614d ID - Redectis vitrea White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401 - Redectis vitrea Pennsylvania Moth - Redectis vitrea Redectis vitrea - White-spotted Redectis - Redectis vitrea
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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 Redectis
Species vitrea (White-spotted Redectis - Hodges#8401)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Redectis vitrea (Grote, 1878)
Dercetis vitrea Grote, 1878 (1)
one of two species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 18 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing pale brownish-gray with deeply-lobed outer margin; reniform spot represented by cluster of three small white ovals - a diagnostic feature; hindwing pale gray with black-dashed terminal line and slightly irregular outer margin.
southern Ontario and New York to Florida, west to Texas, north to Michigan
Type Locality: Buffalo, NY.
adults fly from June to October
larvae apparently feed on crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) [ref: Bob Patterson's site]
See Also
Pygmy Redectis--compare images of R. vitrea and R. pygmaea by Jim Vargo at MPG
Internet References
live adult image (on the left) plus common name coinage and larval foodplant (Bob Patterson, Maryland)
pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Ontario; list (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in Michigan; list state record by George Balogh on 5 September 1999; search on species "vitrea" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of Noctuidae, chiefly from California
Grote, A.R. 1878. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 4: 169-18.