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Species Redectis pygmaea - Pygmy Redectis - Hodges#8400

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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 Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Redectis
Species pygmaea (Pygmy Redectis - Hodges#8400)
Hodges Number
8400
Size
wingspan about 14 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing grayish-brown with slightly lobed outer margin; AM line scalloped, and PM line toothed, but both lines may be faint or indistinct; darker shading just inside PM line at costa may partly obscure reniform spot, which consists of a cluster of 3 small ovals that are pale yellowish or orangish but not white; small pale patch just beyond PM line at costa
Range
New York to Florida, west to Texas
Season
adults fly from June to September
See Also
similar to White-spotted Redectis (R. vitrea), which is slightly larger and has a white reniform spot (compare images of both species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Internet References
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus flight dates (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in New York; list (Timothy McCabe, Olive Natural Heritage Society, New York)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)