Metalectra richardsi Brower, 1941,

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: 10-11

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Metalectra richardsi Brower, 1941


4. Metalectra richardsi Brower, 1941  Richards’ Fungus Moth

( Figs. 6–7View FIGURES 1 – 32, Map 5)

Identification. Forewing length 7.0–9.0 mm. Metalectra richardsi  is the smallest species of this genus in the Park. The forewing ground color is reddish brown with a broad, black medial line from costa to posterior margin. Antemedial line is a thin, white crenulate band that is bordered distally by a broken line of black scales. Postmedial line is a jagged, slightly sinuate line of black scales. Subterminal line is a thin, white, S-shaped band from costa to middle of forewing. Terminal line is a series of fairly prominent black triangles that are connected giving a wavy appearance to the line. Hind wing is dissimilar to forewing. Ground color is gray with a black discal bar, short white bar in anal area, and wavy black terminal line. Fringe is reddish brown with some black spots, especially in middle of wing. The small size, reddish-brown forewing color, and the hind wing being dissimilar in pattern to forewing will distinguish M. richardsi  from other Metalectra  species in the Park.

Flight period. Mid May to mid August.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: Big Cove Rd., site b, site p, site w; 0.5 km from mouth of Chambers Creek 300 feet up hillside on NW side; 0.7 km up creek from mouth of Goldmine Creek; 300 feet above lake on Welch Ridge. Tennessee: Blount Co.: Cades Cove Ranger Station; Foothills Parkway West at E end; Cocke Co.: Cosby Ranger Station; Foothills Parkway, south overlook; Foothills Parkway, at I- 40; Foothills Parkway East; Foothills Parkway East, 1.3 mi N of 321. (26 specimens)

Elevation range. 1001–2400 ft. (305–732 m)

General distribution. This is an eastern species distributed from Massachusetts, south to Florida, and west to Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Larval hosts. Unknown, but probably fungi ( Covell 1984).

MAP 5. Collecting localities of Metalectra richardsi  .