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Species Ledaea perditalis - Lost Owlet - Hodges#8491

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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 Pangraptinae
Genus Ledaea
Species perditalis (Lost Owlet - Hodges#8491)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ledaea perditalis (Walker, 1859)
Hyamia perditalis Walker, 1859 (1)
Ledaea semilineata (Walker, 1865)
Ledaea umbrifascia (Grote, 1873)
common in the south; local and sporadic in the north
23-26 mm wingspan
FW pale grayish brown to tan. PM line blackish, thick in lower half in male, but all the way to apex in female. Variable lines and shading on outer margin of HW.
Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Wisconsin and Ontario
edges of wet woods and marshes where food plants grow
adults fly from April to August in the south; late May to August in the north
larvae feed on the sedge Scirpus cyperinus (Woolgrass) and Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)
Life Cycle
one generation per year
Life cycle images:
larva; larva; adult
See Also
Digrammia spp. – Labial palpi are short
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