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932555 – 9928.1   Lithophane abita Brou & Lafontaine, 2009

Gary Goss
Distribution: Southeast United States. Bald cypress.
and Size:
October - April. Wingspan ~ 15-18 mm.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Bald cypress.
Field Marks:
  • Gray forewing. Pinkish to dark brownish-gray hindwing;
  • Forewing maculation muted except for black line in fold connecting deeply zigzagged antemedial and postmedial lines.
  • Distinctive male genitalia with saber like spine projecting from right side and sometimes extending beyond tip of abdomen.
  • Similar Species:
    • See also 9925.1 - L. adipel, 9928 - L. thaxteri.
    • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
    Synonymy: Lithophane abita Brou & Lafontaine, 2009
    • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
    • Brou Jr., V. & D. Lafontaine, 2009. A new species of Lithophane Hbn. (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Xyleninae). ZooKeys, 9: 11-20.
    • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
    • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
    Lithophane abita
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Lithophane abita
    CNC - Jocelyn Gill
    Lithophane abita
    40mm – Jim Vargo

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