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Species Tolype notialis - Small Tolype - Hodges#7674

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Lasiocampoidea (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Family Lasiocampidae (Tent Caterpillar and Lappet Moths)
Subfamily Macromphaliinae
Genus Tolype
Species notialis (Small Tolype - Hodges#7674)
Hodges Number
7674
Explanation of Names
Tolype notialis Franclemont, 1973
Size
Wingspan 26-39 mm (1); male considerably smaller than female
Identification
Adult: wide dark band on hindwing is wavy, almost interrupted, compared to uniform band of Large Tolype. Forewing subterminal band also wavy, with alternating pinched and expanded sections. Small Tolype coloration is variable, but often very dark, compared to the more uniform gray of Large Tolype.
Range
Southeastern US, from Florida to Virginia (based on the fascicle). Many northern records online are likely misidentified T. laricis.
Habitat
Presumably southern Pine forests.
Season
Adults fly mostly May-October (MPG)
Food
Larvae feed on leaves of coniferous trees.
See Also
Large Tolype (Tolype velleda) is larger, more uniformly gray, forewing subterminal band is less wavy and lacks alternating pinched and expanded sections.
Larch Tolype (Tolype laricis) is smaller and has a more northern distribution. Males of this species are darker than T. notialis, but females are similar in color and are best identified by range or association with males.
Print References
Cuss Covell p. 53, plate 8 (1)
Franclemont, J.G. 1973. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 20.1: 94 pp. (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. Mimallonoidea (Mimallonidae) and Bombycoidea.....
J. G. Franclemont. 1973. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc.