Metalectra discalis (Grote, 1876) Common 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: 9

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Metalectra discalis (Grote, 1876) Common Fungus Moth


2. Metalectra discalis (Grote, 1876) Common Fungus Moth 

( Figs. 2–3View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 3)

Identification. Forewing length 10.0–13.0 mm. Metalectra discalis  has a dark brown forewing mixed with creamcolored, gray, and reddish-brown scales. Basal and medial areas darker than rest of wing, but this may be less evident in worn specimens. Reniform spot is black and quadrate. Orbicular spot is black and obscure, not present in all specimens. There is a slightly curved row of white spots in the subterminal area. Hind wing has a similar pattern to forewing with a black, rectangular, discal spot; a curved line of small white spots; and a pair of white bars in the anal area. Similar to Metalectra quadrisignata (Walker)  , but M. discalis  is darker in overall appearance with a wider black medial area that is less distinct than in M. quadrisignata  .

Flight period. May to early September.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: Big Cove Rd., site b, site p, site w; Mt. Buckley; 300 feet above lake on Welch Ridge; 0.7 km up creek from mouth of Goldmine Creek; 0.7 km S Payne Cemetery; 0.4 km up trail from lake on Forney Creek; 0.2 km W mouth Hazel Creek. Tennessee: Blount Co.: Ace Gap Trailhead; Foothills Parkway West at E end; Cades Cove Ranger Station; Tremont; Cocke Co.: Foothills Parkway N, 4.5 mi from Rt. 321, 3rd overlook; Foothills Parkway, pull-off between 2 nd and 3 rd overlook up trail to right; Cosby Ranger Station (20 specimens)

Elevation range. 1001–6560 ft. (305–1999 m)

General distribution. This is an eastern species distributed from Quebec, Canada, south to Florida, and west to Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Larval hosts. Larvae feed on dry fungi ( Covell 1984).

MAP 3. Collecting localities of Metalectra discalis  .