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Genus Lesmone

Lesmone cf. hinna - Lesmone hinna Detracted Owlet Moth - Lesmone detrahens Erebid - Lesmone griseipennis Lesmone detrahens - Hodges #8651 - Lesmone detrahens Detracted Owlet Moth - Lesmone detrahens Lesmone detrahens – Detracted Owlet Moth   - Lesmone detrahens Detracted Owlet Moth - Hodges #8651 - Lesmone detrahens Lesmone sp? - Lesmone griseipennis
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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 Erebinae
Tribe Omopterini
Genus Lesmone
Numbers
5 species in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan about 27-30 mm, based on 4 photos by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing dark gray to light brown with pointed apex and dark apical dash; dark-shaded lines in some species; hindwing with similar color and pattern
Range
mostly southern United States and the neotropics; two species migrate to the northern states on occasion, with one species (L. detrahens) very rarely reaching Quebec
Season
adults fly from March to October; perhaps all year in the far south
Food
larvae probably feed on various plants in the pea family (Fabaceae); L. formularis feeds on Cassia species and sensitive plant (Mimosa spp.)
Internet References
pinned adult images of 3 species by Jim Vargo, plus photos of related species (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images of L. formularis (Pierre Zagatti, Moths of the French Antilles)
pinned adult image of L. formularis by John Glaser, and collection date in Maryland (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image of L. detrahens (CBIF)
3 pinned adult images of L. detrahens and collection site map (All-Leps)
pinned adult images of 3 species from Costa Rica, one of which (formularis) occurs in North America (All-Leps)
list of North American species with links to images, foodplants, distribution maps, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in Florida; list of 3 species (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
recorded dates and locations of 3 species in several states by several individuals; search on genus "Lesmone" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
distribution in Canada Quebec only, and only L. detrahens (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)