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930499 – 8352   Zanclognatha marcidilinea (Grote, 1872)
             Yellowish Zanclognatha

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Distribution: Nova Scotia to Missouri, southward to Florida and Arkansas.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Probably dead leaves.
Field Marks:
AM. line is obviously waved (Forbes' key). Subterminal line is straight, yellow (with perhaps a few dark scales edging it) (Forbes and Covell).
Similar Species:
  • 8347 - Zanclognatha obscuripennis has an Am. line that runs straight across the wing from below the costa, and a dark subterminal line edged outwardly with yellow.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Herminia marcidilinea Grote, 1872
Herminia jacchusalis of authors not Walker, 1859
Taxonomic Notes: Zanclognatha marcidilinea (Grote, 1872) includes as a synonym Zanclognatha jacchusalis of authors; (not Walker, 1859) in Lafontaine & Honey (2009). The species listed in Hodges et al. (1983) as "8352 jacchusalis (Wik., 1859)” actually refers to marcidilinea, and the species listed as "8353 ochreipennis (Grt., 1872)” actually refers to jacchusalis with ochreipennis as a synonym.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Lafontaine J.D. & M.R. Honey, 2009. Taxonomic changes to the names Zanclognatha jaccusalis and Z. ochreipennis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Herminiinae). Lepidoptera Novae, 2: 41-43.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
Zanclognatha marcidilinea
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Zanclognatha marcidilinea
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Zanclognatha marcidilinea
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