Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Although the genus Selicanis is placed in tribe Apameini at All-Leps, Jan Metlevski points out that S. cinereola (the only species in this genus) lacks two of the most prominent characters of the tribe Apameini, namely:
1. heavily sclerotised ovipositor lobes in female's genitalia
2. presence of two narrow, heavily sclerotised, rod-like structures between ovipositor lobes
Additionally, male genitalia of Selicanis cinereola share several characters with species in the tribe Xylenini, the most prominent being:
1. very large digitus which is often partially or completely fused to the apical part of the valve
2. short ampulla on the clasper, usually not extending over the costal margin of the valve
These characters are described in the recent publication listed under Print Reference below. Therefore, BugGuide places Selicanis in the tribe Xylenini, rather than Apameini.
Explanation of Names
CINEREOLA: from the Latin "cinereus" (ashy); probably refers to the pale gray scales scattered across the forewing, as though dusted with flecks of ash
rare and local, with restricted distribution
the only species in this genus in North America (and the world) listed at All-Leps
Adult: forewing medium brown, dusted with pale gray scales; median area dark brown, bordered by thin grayish-white lines; slightly paler color outside PM line, shading to dark brown in terminal area; subterminal line indistinct; hindwing grayish-brown
endemic to central United States: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin
pine barrens and oak savannah
adults fly in September and October
hostplant and larva are currently unknown
one generation per year; overwinters as an egg
The higher classification of the superfamily Noctuoidea is currently undergoing study and will no doubt change further in the near future.
adults of some Papaipema species have a similar-looking forewing but lack one or both pale lines bordering the median area
Fibiger, M. and Lafontaine, D. 2005. A review of the higher classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) with special reference to the Holarctic fauna. Esperiana, Vol. 11: 7-92.