Gabara subnivosella Walker, 1866,

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: 24-25

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Gabara subnivosella Walker, 1866


3. Gabara subnivosella Walker, 1866 

( Figs. 42–45View FIGURES 33 – 55, Map 21)

MAP 21. Collecting localities of Gabara subnivosella  .

Identification. Forewing length 10.5–13.7 mm. Gabara subnivosella  is a variable species with a forewing ground color ranging from white to light brown. Forewing pattern can be absent, especially in specimens with white wings, to having a minute spot of scales representing the orbicular and reniforms spots, a postmedial line that curves from costa around end of discal cell then angled to posterior margin, and some specimens have a horizontal streak of brown just below orbicular and reniform spots. Specimens can exhibit the following combination of patterns: 1) complete absence, 2) orbicular and reniform spots, 3) orbicular and reniform spots with horizontal streak, and 4) orbicular and reniform spots and postmedial line. Hind wing varies from off white to a medium brown. The metathroax is bare, covered with minute spicules, obvious in a dorsal view. Male has filiform antennae with a pair of long, lateral setae and many finer setae on ventral surface. Head has a porrect, brown labial palpus that is approximately twice as long as eye width; the frons is bare.

Flight period. Late July to mid August.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Swain Co.: Big Cove Rd., site b. Tennessee: Blount Co.: Ace Gap Trailhead. (2 specimens)

Elevation range. 1700–2120 ft. (518–646m)

General distribution. Distributed from Maine south to Florida, and in the mid-west from Michigan to Oklahoma.

Larval hosts. Unknown.