Other Common Names
Titian Peale's Pyralid Moth [source = Moth Photographer's Group, though now a misnomer; this species is now classified as a Crambid, not a Pyralid].
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Perispasta caeculalis Zeller
genus name misspelled Peripasta on a number of web sites
Explanation of Names
Species name caeculalis
appears to be from Latin caec
, and is perhaps an alteration (Latin diminutive -ula-
?) of the mythological Caeculus
, "little blind boy". Perhaps this is a reference to the little marks on the wings, appearing as closed eyes.
Common name due to its first being collected by Titian Ramsay Peale
common; the only species in this genus in North America
Wings dark grayish-brown in both sexes; forewing outer margin indented and containing white fringe scales near apex. Male has white dash in middle of forewing; female does not. Hindwing brown with white fringe. Very worn moths with all fringe scales missing will have no white along outer margin of wings.
Eastern North America and scattered locations westward. Noted from British Columbia, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, Tennessee, Texas (based on Internet searches).
fields, meadows; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
adults fly from April to August
Honeysuckle (Lonicera) species, perhaps other plants in Caprifoliaceae.
Strickland Museum species account
a photograph from Ohio
by David Smith
(Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Texas; list
(James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in Ontario; list
(NHIC, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
presence in North Dakota; list
(Gerald Fauske, North Dakota State U.)
Titian Peale Butterfly and Moth Collection
, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (type specimen?)
and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
in Crambidae, subfamily Pyraustinae (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)