Metalectra quadrisignata,

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: 10

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Metalectra quadrisignata


3. Metalectra quadrisignata  (Walker, [1858]) Four-spotted Fungus Moth

( Figs. 4–5View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 4)

Identification. Forewing length 9.0–13.0 mm. Metalectra quadrisignata  has a brown forewing. Basal area is brown at base with a distal black band with a white, crenulate antemedial line. Reniform spot is black and quadrate with a black, slightly thinner, zigzag medial line extending to posterior margin. Orbicular spot is small, black, and round.

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 M. discalis  , but the ground color of the forewing is brown in M. quadrisignata  versus dark brown in M. discalis  . The zigzag medial line is distinct in M. quadrisignata  and absent in M. discalis  .

Flight period. May to August.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: Big Cove Rd., site c. Tennessee: Blount Co.: Tremont; Foothills Parkway West at E end; Cades Cove Ranger Station. (5 specimens)

Elevation range. 1001–2080 ft. (305–634 m)

General distribution. This is an eastern species distributed from southeastern Canada to Florida and west to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Larval hosts. Larvae have been reported feeding on a species of bracket fungus ( Covell 1984).

MAP 4. Collecting localities of Metalectra quadrisignata  .