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Species Lithacodia musta - Small Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges#9051

Moth 09.06.13 (1) - Lithacodia musta Nice Green Moth - Lithacodia musta 9051 Small Mossy Lithacodia - Lithacodia musta Lithacodia - Lithacodia musta Lithacodia musta Noctuid July 25 - Lithacodia musta Pennsylvania Moth - Lithacodia musta Small Mossy Glyph - Lithacodia musta
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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 Eustrotiinae
Genus Lithacodia
Species musta (Small Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges#9051)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lithacodia musta (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Deltote musta (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Erastria musta Grote & Robinson, 1868
Three species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Wingspan 15-19 mm.
Forewing dark greenish with blackish shading and lines; green fades to yellowish in old specimens; reniform spot round or broadly oval, white with reddish-brown and white filling; short white line extends upward from inner margin near anal angle; hindwing gray.
[adapted from description by Charles Covell]
New Hampshire to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Wisconsin
Adults fly from May to September.
Larval food is unknown as of February 2006.
See Also
Large Mossy Lithacodia (L. muscosula) has extensive grayish-brown shading on the forewing, more white in subterminal area (not just a short white line), and a more curved reniform spot (see pinned image of L. muscosula)
Print References
Lafontaine, D., Schmidt, B. C.
2010. Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America North of Mexico. (1)