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Species Elaphria grata - Grateful Midget - Hodges#9684

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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 Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Elaphriini
Genus Elaphria (Midgets)
Species grata (Grateful Midget - Hodges#9684)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elaphria grata Hübner, 1818
Phylogenetic sequence # 932238
Elaphria has 15 species in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 20-26 mm.
Forewing reddish-brown with whitish lines. Dark gray dots in reniform and orbicular spots. (2).
Eastern North America, common in southern United States
Adults are most common from April-October, with several broods.
Life Cycle
Larvae reported to eat various forbs, also oaks and dead leaves--clearly not fussy eaters.
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Covell, p. 136, plate 27 #24 (2)
Forbes, 1954. Memoir: Number 329 - Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III, 226 (3)
Hampson, 1909. Noctuidae in the collection of the British Museum. 7: 510
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III [Noctuidae]
William T. M. Forbes . 1954. Cornell University. Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir: Number 329: 1-433.