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Species Phalaenostola eumelusalis - Dark Phalaenostola - Hodges#8363

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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)
Internet References
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)