Ledaea perditalis (Walker, 1859) Lost Owlet,

Pogue, Michael G., 2012, The Aventiinae, Boletobiinae, Eublemminae, Pangraptinae, Phytometrinae, and Scolecocampinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Erebidae) of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, U. S. A., Zootaxa 3153, pp. 1-31: 15

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.279582

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Ledaea perditalis (Walker, 1859) Lost Owlet


1. Ledaea perditalis (Walker, 1859) Lost Owlet 

( Figs. 18–19View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 11)

Identification. Forewing length 10.0–13.0 mm. Ledaea perditalis  has a light brown forewing with a black, oblique band from end of discal cell to posterior margin. This band is reduced to a few black scales forming a thin line at end of discal cell and broadens abruptly toward posterior margin. This black oblique band is adjacent to a distal, dark gray, indistinct band from subapically on costa to posterior margin. Orbicular and reniform spots are tiny black dots. Subterminal line is a series of irregular black spots that become contiguous in posterior third. Outer margin of forewing is angulate in middle. Hind wing is white to light brown with an incomplete double band of black scales in approximately the distal 2 / 3 of wing. This double band seems to be a continuation of the black forewing band. Adjacent to the light brown marginal band is a faint series of black spots that seem to be a continuation of the subterminal line in the forewing.

Flight period. 14–15 June.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: 0.5 km from mouth of Chambers Creek, 300 feet up hillside on NW side; 0.2 km W of mouth of Hazel Creek. (2 specimens)

Elevation range. 1900–1990 ft. (579–607 m)

General distribution. Distributed from Maine to Florida and west to Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Larval hosts. Common buttonbush ( Cephalanthus occidentalis  L., Rubiaceae  ) ( Tietz 1972) and woolgrass ( Scirpus cyperinus  (L.) Kunth, Cyperaceae  ) ( Covell 1984).

MAP 11. Collecting localities of Ledaea perditalis  .