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Species Phalaenostola eumelusalis - Dark Phalaenostola - Hodges#8363

Dark Phalaenostola - Phalaenostola eumelusalis - male Phalaenostola eumelusalis Phalaenostola eumelusalis ? - Phalaenostola eumelusalis Phalaenostola eumelusalis Dark Phalaenostola - Phalaenostola eumelusalis - female Noctuidae ? - Phalaenostola eumelusalis - male Dark Phalaenostola Moth - Phalaenostola eumelusalis Pennsylvania Moth - Phalaenostola eumelusalis
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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 Herminiinae (Litter Moths)
Genus Phalaenostola
Species eumelusalis (Dark Phalaenostola - Hodges#8363)
Hodges Number
wingspan about 25 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing brown, crossed by dark brown antemedian (AM), postmedian (PM), and subterminal (ST) lines; AM line composed of three scallops; PM and ST lines thin, irregular, zigzagged; distance between AM and PM lines at least 2x greater than distance between PM and ST lines (a distinguishing feature); broad dark band in median area; reniform spot a thin black arc; small dark blotch often present near apex; hindwing slightly paler than forewing, and crossed by two dark bands
New Brunswick to North Carolina, west to Missouri, north to Saskatchewan
adults fly from late May to August
larval host is unknown (Ohio State U.)
See Also
in Black-banded Owlet (Phalaenostola larentioides), distance between forewing AM and PM line is approximately equal to distance between PM and ST line (whereas in P. eumelusalis, PM line is situated much closer to ST line than AM line) - compare images of both species at CBIF
also see other species in subfamily Herminiinae
Internet References
live and pinned adult images by various photographers, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus date (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult images plus collection site map (All-Leps)
presence in North Carolina; list in Great Smoky Mountains Bioblitz (USGS)
distribution in Canada list of provinces (U. of Alberta, using CBIF data)