Dyspyralis nigellus (Strecker),

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: 12-13

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Dyspyralis nigellus (Strecker)


7. Dyspyralis nigellus (Strecker)  , 1900

( Figs. 12–13View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 8)

Identification. Forewing length 8.4–9.9 mm. Dyspyralis nigellus  is the largest of the Dyspyralis  from the Park. Forewing is dark gray and variable with worn specimens lacking almost all pattern. There is a small white reniform spot at the distal end of the discal cell. In well-marked specimens there is a faint, black, slightly zig-zag antemedial line; reniform spot is bordered proximally by an indistinct black mark; postmedial line is irregular, black and in fresh specimens bordered white distally; a series of four white spots on costa distal to postmedial line to apex; the black subterminal area contrasts with the dark gray terminal area; and the terminal line is a series of black dashes that can be triangular shaped and contiguous. Hind wing is pale gray with no markings. Abdomen has a prominent, dorsal black tuft of scales between the second and third segments.

Flight period. Late June to mid August.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: Big Cove Road, site b site c, site p. Tennessee: Cocke Co.: Foothills Parkway East, 1.3 mi N of 321. (7 specimens)

Elevation range. 1801–2120 ft. (549–646 m)

General distribution. This species is distributed from Nova Scotia and Quebec in Canada, south through the northeastern states to Maryland and West Virginia, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee), northern Georgia, and west to Illinois, Kansas, and east Texas.

Larval hosts. Unknown.

MAP 8. Collecting localities of Dyspyralis nigellus  .