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990301n – 19301   Earias vittella (= fabia Stoll) Fabricius, 1794
Distribution Data for Earias vittella (= fabia Stoll)
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Distribution: North Africa, India, Pakistan; not found in North America north of Mexico.
and Size:
Forewing length 9mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Hosts include representatives from the Malvaceae most notably, Gossypium spp. (cotton), and Abelmoschus esculentus (okra)
Field Marks:
Forewings are pale yellow-orange with a yellow-green longitudinal streak extending from the base of the wing to the termen. Hindwings white with pale brown wing margins.
Similar Species:
  • The distinctive wing pattern makes this species easily distinguishable from North American Noctuoidea. There are several yellow noctuids, however they lack the green longitudinal streak and overall yellow-orange hue. Neumoegenia poetica has a similar hue of green on the entire lower half of the wing, extending from base to apex, however the moth is white and the green color has a golden iridescence.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
  • (1) Natural History Museum: HOSTS- website
Earias vittella (= fabia Stoll)
Christi Jaeger, MEM

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