Metalectra tantillus (Grote, 1875) Black Fungus Moth,

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: 11-12

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Metalectra tantillus (Grote, 1875) Black Fungus Moth


5. Metalectra tantillus (Grote, 1875) Black Fungus Moth 

( Figs. 8–9View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 6)

Identification. Forewing length 9.0–11.0 mm. Metalectra tantillus  has dark gray forewings irrorated with white, irregular spots and short lines. The forewing lines are present but obscure and consist of the basal, antemedial, medial, postmedial, and subterminal. The terminal line consists of a series of white dots between the veins. Hind wing is similar in color and pattern to forewing and has a pair of white bars in anal area. Metalectra tantillus  is distinct from the other species of Metalectra  in the Park by the very dark gray wings with obscure white lines.

MAP 6. Collecting localities of Metalectra tantillus  .

Flight period. Mid June.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: 0.4 km up trail from lake on Forney Creek. (1 specimen)

Elevation range. 2100 ft. (640 m)

General distribution. This is mainly a southeastern species distributed from Pennsylvania to Florida and west to Mississippi and Louisiana.

Larval hosts. Larva reared on bark of dead maple, but was probably feeding on fungi ( Covell 1984).