Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Abrostola ovalis Guenée, 1852
Phloygenetic sequence #931161
Four Abrostola species are found in America north of Mexico.
forewing length 14-15 mm. (1)
Adults - forewing with large ovate pale area at base, outlined in black; remainder of wing dark grayish-brown with inconspicuous black-rimmed spots and slightly curved PM line; ST line jagged, pale-edged; hindwing pale basally, dark brown distally with yellowish fringe; thorax with two raised tufts of scales dorsally.
Quebec and Maine to Georgia, west to Illinois, north to Wisconsin and Ontario.
Open forests, wood edges, riparian areas where foodplants grow; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light.
Adults fly from May to August.
Larvae feed on leaves of Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica
) and other species of nettles. (2)
Also Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata
One generation per year in the north; perhaps a partial second generation or two generations southward.
Life Cycle images:
larva; older larva; older larva; pre-pupal larva; pupa; adult
Apparently rare to very rare throughout its range.
Spectacled Nettle Moth
) - much more common and widespread; lacks a large pale patch at base of forewing.
Minute Oval Abrostola
) - smaller, range limited to Texas.
Eichlin, T.D. & H.B. Cunningham 1978. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae) of America north of Mexico, emphasizing genitalic and larval morphology. USDA Tech. Bulletin 1567: 1-122. (3)
Pogue, M.G. 2005. The Plusiinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Zootaxa 1032: 1–28. (1)
Moth Photographers Group
- range map, photos of living moth and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems
- species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
plus dates and foodplant (Larry Line, Maryland)
distribution in Canada
Ontario and Quebec only (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)