Dyspyralis puncticosta (Smith),

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: 13-14

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Dyspyralis puncticosta (Smith)


8. Dyspyralis puncticosta (Smith)  , 1908

( Figs. 14–15View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 9)

Identification. Forewing length 6.2–8.1 mm. Dyspyralis puncticosta  has a dirty white forewing ground color. Forewing markings include an irregular shaped, black spot on costa that extends to M vein; antemedial line black, originating from a black spot on costa line angled toward wing base then angled toward outer margin, then angled back toward wing base to posterior margin; postmedial line black, originating from a black spot on costa, slightly sinuate, never a solid line but consisting of a series of irregular black scales; terminal area mostly brown; terminal line black, a series of spots between veins. Hind wing is light brown with no discal spot. Anterior half of tegulae and mesothorax are black. Abdomen has a prominent, dorsal black scale tuft with white apices between the second and third segments.

Flight period. July to mid August.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: Big Cove Road, site p. Tennessee: Cocke Co.: Foothills Parkway East, 1.3 mi N of 321. (2 specimens)

Elevation range. 1801–2040 ft. (549–622 m)

General distribution. This species is distributed from Maine south to North Carolina and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee), Georgia, and west to Arkansas and Iowa.

Larval hosts. Unknown.

MAP 9. Collecting localities of Dyspyralis puncticosta  .