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Species Idia lubricalis - Glossy Black Idia - Hodges#8334

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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 Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Idia
Species lubricalis (Glossy Black Idia - Hodges#8334)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idia lubricalis (Geyer, 1832)
DNA barcoding indicates the likelihood of multiple species (four?) under this taxon (1) (2)
Explanation of Names
From Latin lubric "smooth, slippery" (3)
WS 24-36 mm
Similar to, but larger than, the Smoky Idia, I. scobialis.
Includes eastern North America
Deciduous forests
Adults come to moth bait.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on lichen, rotting wood, grass, other organic matter. Caterpillar overwinters, one generation per year.
See Also
Idia scobialis - Hindwing is similar to forewing. In I. lubricalis, the hindwing is poorly marked and paler than forewing. (4)
Print References
Borror, entry for lubric (3)
Covell p. 322, plate 41 #15 (5)
Wagner, p. 51 (6)
Wagner, p. 343--photos of larva, adult (7)
Wagner et al., p. 41--photos of larva, adult (pinned and living) (1)
Smith, J. B., 1895. Contributions Toward A Monograph Of The Insects Of The Lepidopterous Family Noctuidae Of Boreal North America. A Revision Of The Deltoid Moths. Bulletin of the United States National Museum., 48: 16 (8)
Forbes, 1956. Memoir: Number 329 - Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III, 394 (4)
Works Cited
1.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
2.A transcontinental challenge — a test of DNA barcode performance for 1,541 species of Canadian Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera)
Zahiri R., Lafontaine J.D., Schmidt B.C., deWaard J.R., Zakharov E.V., Hebert P.D.N. 2014. Public Library Of Science.
3.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
4.Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States, Part III [Noctuidae]
William T. M. Forbes . 1954. Cornell University. Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir: Number 329: 1-433.
5.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
6.Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus. 1998. U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
7.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.
8.Contributions toward a monograph of the insects of the Lepidopterous family Noctuidae of boreal North America a ...
John B. Smith. 1895. Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 48: 1-129.