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Species Lithacodia musta - Small Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges#9051

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Eustrotiinae
Genus Lithacodia
Species musta (Small Mossy Lithacodia - Hodges#9051)
Hodges Number
9051
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lithacodia musta (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Deltote musta (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Erastria musta Grote & Robinson, 1868
Numbers
Three species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Size
Wingspan 15-19 mm.
Identification
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]
Range
New Hampshire to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Wisconsin
Season
Adults fly from May to September.
Food
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)