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Species Matigramma pulverilinea - Dusty Lined Matigramma - Hodges#8679

Dark brown moth - Matigramma pulverilinea Moth to black light - Matigramma pulverilinea Moth to blacklight - Matigramma pulverilinea Moth to blacklight - Matigramma pulverilinea Unknown Moth - Matigramma pulverilinea moth sp - Matigramma pulverilinea Matigramma pulverilinea Dusty Lined Matigramma - Matigramma pulverilinea
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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 Erebidae
Subfamily Erebinae
Tribe Omopterini
Genus Matigramma
Species pulverilinea (Dusty Lined Matigramma - Hodges#8679)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Matigramma pulverilinea Grote, 1872
Phylogenetic sequence #931006
Explanation of Names
PULVERILINEA; from the Latin "pulveris" (dust) + "linea" (a line); probably refers to the wavy lines and scattered pale scales resembling dust on the forewing, and is the origin of the suggested common name, Dusty Lined Matigramma
forewing length 13-17 mm(1)
Adults - forewing dark brownish-gray covered with scattered pale scales as though flecked with dust; PM and subterminal lines wavy, pale, edged in black, the area between them slightly darker than remainder of wing; medial line wavy, black, diffuse; AM line indistinct, pale, edged with dark scales; terminal line a series of black dashes, edged distally with pale scales; fringe dark; hindwing similar but with incomplete and less distinct lines.
Florida to Texas, north to Kansas, Missouri, and Kentucky; type specimens (male & female) collected in Alabama. Apparently the only Matigramma species that occurs north of the southern tier of states.
Adults fly from April to September.
Print References
Franclemont, J. G. 1986. New species and new genera of noctuids from Arizona, Texas, and Mexico: the genera Matigramma and Acritogramma (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Catocalinae). Journal Kansas Entomological Society 59(1): 163 (PDF download)
Grote, A. R. 1872. Descriptions of North American Noctuidae - no.1. Trans. American Ent. Soc. 4: 22
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Texas; list (Dale Clark, Texas)
presence in Kentucky; county distribution map and dates (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
Works Cited
1.New species and new genera of noctuids from Arizona, Texas, and Mexico: the genera Matigramma and Acritogramma
John G. Franclemont. 1986. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 59(1): 143-172.