Nigetia formosalis 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: 25-26

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Nigetia formosalis Walker, 1866


5. Nigetia formosalis Walker, 1866  Thin-winged Owlet

( Fig. 49View FIGURES 33 – 55, Map 23)

Identification. Forewing length 7.5–9.3 mm. Nigetia formosalis  is a small species that is easily recognized by the white forewing, black costa, and black medial band. Head is black, labial palpus appressed to frons with elongate scales giving the palpus a triangular appearance, and frons bare. Forewing is white with a black, horizontal costal band with a series of short white dashes on costa from just prior to medial band to apex; medial band black; terminal area with gray scales tipped with white; terminal line a series of black spots between veins that decrease in size toward termen; fringe black at apex, white medially, and brownish rufous and white to termen. Hind wing is pale gray with a thin, black terminal line and a white dash bordered by black scales at anal angle.

Flight period. Late May to mid September, probably multiple brooded.

Collected localities. North Carolina: Haywood Co.: Cataloochee, pull off at Sal Patch Gap; Swain Co.: Big Cove Rd., site b, site c, site p; 0.5 km from mouth of Chambers Creek, 300 feet up hillside on NW side; 300 ft. above Lake Fontana on Welch Ridge. Tennessee: Blount Co.: vicinity Cades Cove; Cades Cove Ranger Station; Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church; Cades Cove ATBI house, 2000 m SW; Tremont; Cocke Co.: Foothills Parkway. (30 specimens)

Elevation range. 1360–3440 ft. (415–1049 m)

General distribution. Distributed from New York south to Florida and west to Michigan, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, east Texas, and Oklahoma.

Larval hosts. Unknown.

MAP 23. Collecting localities of Nigetia formosalis  .