Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Micrathetis triplex (Walker, 1857); TL: Hoduras.
Walker, 1857, List spec. lepid. insects colln. Br. Mus., 11: 721
Walker, 1865, List spec. lepid. insects colln. Br. Mus.: 648
; TL: St. Domingo.
Galgula contraria Herrich-Schäffer, 1868, Corresp.-Blatt Zool.-Min. Ver. Regensburg, 22: 153.
Harvey, 1876, Canad. Ent., 8: 6
; TL: [Texas].
Harvey, 1878, Canad. Ent., 10: 57
; TL: Texas, Bostrop Co.
Barnes & McDunnough, 1913, Contrib. Nat. Hist. Lepid. N. Am., 2(3): 115
; TL: Texas, Brownsville.
Strand, 1916, Arch. Naturgeschichte, 81(11): 161
Strand, 1916, Arch. Naturgeschichte, 81(11): 162
Draudt, 1926, Gross- Schmetterlinge der Erde, 7: 262
, pl. 38, row b; TL: Mexico, Guerrero; Orizaba; Misantla; Zacualpan; Tehuacan.
McDunnough, 1938, Mem. South. Calif. Acad. Sci., 1: 96
* Phylogenetic sequence #932031.
species are found in America north of Mexico.(1)
Adult: male forewing pale yellowish to light brown with prominent dark gray reniform spot; PM line composed of double row of blackish dots; scattered dark dots and speckling in basal half of wing; female forewing darker brown than male's with less noticeable reniform spot; fringe gray to blackish; hindwing white, shading to brownish-gray distally; terminal line thin, dark; fringe white.
Widespread across the southern United States from California to Florida and north in the east to Ontario.
Also occurs in West Indies, Mexico. to South America.
Moth Photographers Group
- large range map with collection dates.
Most records are from May-September except year round in Florida and California. MPG
In (or around) Arizona it may be somewhat difficult to separate from Micrathetis new-species
M. costiplaga has a paler forewing and less distinct spots except for dark triangular patch half-way along costa connecting to reniform spot; it also has reddish-brown shading in subterminal area, and a uniformly pale gray hindwing.
some species of Caradrina
have similar color and pattern on forewing, but usually have a noticeable orbicular spot and darker subterminal and/or terminal areas
Walker, F. 1857. Noctuidae. List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum 11: 721
pinned adult image
and other info (Pierre Zagatti, Catalogue of Lepidoptera of the French Antilles)
pinned adult image
and other info (Matthew Barnes, Moths of Jamaica)