Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phigalia denticulata Hulst, 1900
Phylogenetic sequence # 196675
♂ 30-37 mm.
♀ 2 mm. (vestigial wings).
Adult male: forewing mottled gray with thin black wavy lines; PM line sharply-toothed near costa, bulging inward above inner margin where it usually approaches median line
Hindwing light gray with toothed median line and diffuse speckling; female has vestigial wings and cannot fly.
Texas to Florida(2)
and north to Iowa and Massachusetts.(3)
Moth Photographers Group
- large map with some distribution data.
Wooded areas; adult males attracted to light.
Most records are from January to May and October to December. (3)
Larval host unknown but probably leaves of hardwood trees. (2)
Often confused with Phigalia strigataria
; Can be separated by the following:
In denticulata, a very distinct dark “tooth” is located on the M1 vein where it comes off of the discal cell. This is seen as the “3rd tooth” from the costa, evenly spaced along the PM line of denticulata. In strigataria, this marking is either absent (giving the appearance of a gap between two pairs of “teeth”) or greatly reduced (only being about a third the length of the larger tooth beside it), even sometimes appearing as simply a diffuse black spot. See following image for visual.
) has a less-mottled forewing, and a less-toothed and straighter PM line
) has a PM line that is not toothed near the costa
of all three species)
(Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in New York; list
(Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)