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Species Metaxaglaea semitaria - Footpath Sallow Moth - Hodges#9945

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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 Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Metaxaglaea
Species semitaria (Footpath Sallow Moth - Hodges#9945)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Metaxaglaea semitaria Franclemont, 1968 (1)
Glaea viatica Holland, 1903 (misidentification) (2)
Conistra viatica Hampson, 1906
Metaxaglaea viatica Forbes & Franclemont, 1954 (3)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932599
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) included five species of the genus Metaxaglaea in America north of Mexico. (4)
Wingspan range is 40-52 mm, but most specimens are between 46-50 mm. (1)
Franclemont (1968) description is in PDF or read online. (1)
Heppner (2003) listed the range to include New Hampshire to Florida and Ohio to Texas. (5)
Adults appear to be most common from September to December, and January to February. (6)
Brou (2003) reported November to early March in Louisiana. (7)
Heppner (2003) reported adults fly during November in Florida. (5)
Brou (2003) mentioned the Schweitzer (1979)(2) listing of crabapple and blueberry. (7)
Heppner (2003) listed the larval host plant as Vaccinium (blueberry). (5)
Life Cycle
One generation per year. (8)
Schweitzer (1979) described the larvae, life cycle and host. (2)
Print References
Brou, V.A. 2003. Metaxaglaea of Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists' News 25: 41-42; figs. 1d, 2d, 3d. (7)
Forbes, W.T.M. & J.G. Franclemont, 1954. The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States Part 3. Cornell University Agriculture Experiment Station. Memoir: Number 329: 152. (3)
Franclemont, J.G., 1968. A new species of Metaxaglaea (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Cuculliinae). Entomological News, 79: 59, fig. 19. (1)
Hampson, G.F., 1906. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum. London, 6: 461.
Holland, W.J., 1903. Moth Book. Doubleday, Page & Company, London, pl. 26, fig. 38. (9)
Works Cited
1.A new species of Metaxaglaea (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Cuculliinae)
John G. Franclemont. 1968. Entomological News 79: 57-63.
2.A revision of the genus Metaxaglaea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Cuculliinae) with descriptions of two new species.
Dale F. Schweitzer. 1979. Postilla 178:1-35.
3.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.
4.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .
5.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.Metaxaglaea of Louisiana
Vernon Antoine Brou Jr. 2003. Southern Lepidopterists' News, 25: 41-42.
8.Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2011. Princeton University Press.
9.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
10.Butterflies of North America
11.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems