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Species Globia oblonga - Oblong Sedge Borer - Hodges#9449

Noctuidae: Capsula oblonga - Globia oblonga Noctuidae: Capsula oblonga - Globia oblonga Moth 908-01 - Globia oblonga Pennsylvania Moth - Globia oblonga Moth - Globia oblonga Oblong Sedge Borer - Hodges#9449 - Globia oblonga Globia oblonga Capsula oblonga - Globia oblonga
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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 Apameini
Genus Globia
Species oblonga (Oblong Sedge Borer - Hodges#9449)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Capsula oblonga (Grote, 1882)
Nonagria oblonga Grote(1), 1882
Phylogenetic sequence # 932438 (2)
wingspan 35-50 mm
Adult: forewing yellowish with grayish-brown shading; orbicular and reniform spots outlined with ground color; PM line and terminal line a series of tiny black dots
hindwing colored as forewing but grayish-brown shading darker
[description by Charles Covell]

Larva: whitish or pale brown with small sparse spots but no conspicuous markings; head small, dark brown; mature larvae rarely seen, as they bore inside the stems of aquatic plants below the water line

Grote (1882) original description as Nonagria oblonga is online in the print references.
all of United States and southern Canada. (3) (4) (5)
damp or marshy areas where food plants grow; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
adults fly from June/July to September in the north, with a second brood from November to May in the deep south
larvae initially a leaf miner and later a stem borer below the water line inside stems of cattail (Typha spp.) and bulrush (Scirpus spp.)
Life Cycle
one or two generations per year
"The distinctively shaped pupa rests head upward inside the stem, and the moth escapes through a hole in the stem which it carefully planned while it was still a caterpillar and preparing to pupate." [Jeremy Tatum]
See Also
Archanara subflava lacks small terminal dots on forewing; species of Chortodes and Spartiniphaga have either darker veins or slightly different wing patterns of several species. May also be confused with several species of Leucania which have light wings and dark spots (see images of eastern species on this page)
Print References
Grote, A.R., 1882. the North American species of Nonagria. Papilio 2(6): 96.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, pl. 53, fig. 28; p. 296. (6)
Internet References
live larva, pupa, and adult images plus food plant and other info (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (CBIF data, presented by U. of Alberta)