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931108 – 8959.1   Paectes abrostolella (Walker, 1866)

© Charles W. Melton
Distribution: MI south to FL and west to MT and southern CA - Metzler & Franclemont (1991).
Type locality (abrostolella): United States.
Type locality (praepilata): Texas (Bosque County)?
Larva and
Host Plants:
Sumac - Powell & Opler (2009).
Field Marks:
WS = 22-27 mm, "... bluish gray species that varies from pale to dark gray. The fringe of the hindwing is gray or only partially white." - Metzler & Franclemont (1991).
Genitalia: See Metzler & Franclemont (1991).
Similar Species:
  • Paectes pygmaea averages smaller with "dark hindwing with contrasting white fringe." - Metzler & Franclemont (1991). The barcode tree for pygmaea and abrostolella includes at least four Barcode Index Numbers (BINs) or branches each possibly representing a good species.
  • Paectes abrostoloides averages larger and is more brown.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Subrita abrostolella Walker, 1866
Ingura praepilata Grote, 1875
Taxonomic Notes: Paectes abrostolella (Walker, 1866) is elevated from synonymy of 8959 Paectes pygmaea Hübner, 1818 in Metzler & Franclemont (1991), Jour. Lepid. Soc., 45(1): 34-41.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAC3607 (Canada: ON, USA:MO)
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:ABY7093 (USA: WY, CO, OK, TX)
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:ACF5334 (USA: CA, AZ)
  • Metzler, E.H. & J.G. Franclemont, 1991. A review of four species names of Paectes from North America (Noctuidae: Euteliinae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 45(1): 34-41.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 46.2f; p. 263. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Paectes abrostolella
© Charles Melton
Paectes abrostolella
22mm – © Jim Vargo

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