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Species Metalectra miserulata - Hodges#8506

Common Idia, 8323? - Metalectra miserulata moth - Metalectra miserulata Metalectra miserulata? - Metalectra miserulata Metalectra sp?   - Metalectra miserulata Metalectra miserulata Metalectra miserulata Arizona Moth - Metalectra miserulata Metalectra miserulata   - Metalectra miserulata
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Classification
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 Boletobiinae
Tribe Boletobiini
Genus Metalectra
Species miserulata (Metalectra miserulata - Hodges#8506)
Hodges Number
8506
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Metalectra miserulata (Grote(1), 1882)
Homopyralis miserulata Grote, 1882 (2)
syn. Yrias irentis Smith, 1905 (3)
Phylogenetic sequence # 930686
Numbers
Lafontaine & Schmidt (2010) listed eleven species of the genus Metalectra for America, north of Mexico. (4)
Powell & Opler (2009) reported ten species, with five occurring in the West. (5)
Size
Grote (1882) listed the wingspan as 20-22 mm. (2)
Identification
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (6)

There are 4 narrowly separated BINs at BOLD for Metalectra miserulata indicating that this may be a complex with more than one species. - 2/8/2018
Range
Texas to Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. (7), (8), (9)
Syntype collected in New Mexico. (3)
Season
The adults are most common from May to September. (8)
Food
The larvae of the genus Metalectra are known to be fungus feeders, with a few possibly feeding on spruce. (5)
See Also
The eastern species Metalectra albilinea has very similar genitalia, and a distictive white subterminal line. (10)
Compare on the plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Grote(1), A.R., 1882. New moths. The Canadian Entomologist, 14: 185. (2)
Grote, A.R. 1883. New species and notes on structure of moths and genera. The Canadian Entomologist, 15: 123.