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Species Celiptera frustulum - Black Bit Moth - Hodges#8747

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Classification
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 Erebinae
Tribe Euclidiini
Genus Celiptera
Species frustulum (Black Bit Moth - Hodges#8747)
Hodges Number
8747
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Celiptera frustulum Guenée, 1852
Size
Wingspan 3.4-4.1 cm
Identification
Round black spot on inner margin, black "bits" near base of forewings. A little crest is visible from the side.
Range
Eastern North America
Season
Two broods over much of Eastern America, four or more in the South (March to late October for adults, May in to November for mature larvae).
Food
In the wild larvae feed on low growing members of the legume family (Fabaceae). Examples include Panicled Tick Trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum), Hog Peanut Vine (Amphicarpaea bracteata), Wisteria (Wisteria species), and Rattle Bean (Sesbania drummondii).
Print References
Covell, pp. 170-171, plate 38 #9 (1)