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931142 – 8975   Nycteola frigidana (Walker, 1863)
             Frigid Owlet

John Davis
Distribution: Trans-Canada/western montane, Don Lafontaine (pers. comm., 01/23/2019).
Larva and
Host Plants:
Willow, alder and poplar based on CNC records for dissected specimens.
Genitalia: See Fletcher (1959).
Similar Species:
  • 8975 N. frigidana tends to have an abundance of white scales in the am. band. It tends to lack the black line extending from the wing base of N. cinereana.
  • 8977 N. cinereana has a black line or streak extending from the wing base on the thorax, outward and downward toward the hind margin of the forewing, Don Lafontaine (pers. comm., 01/23/2019).
  • 8978 N. metaspilella has a somewhat hoary-gray ground color with the maculation often appearing faded, and often there is a black patch on the outer side of the antemedial line near the hind wing. If it has a basal streak it projects outwardly, Don Lafontaine (pers. comm., 01/23/2019).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tortrix frigidana Walker, 1863
Tortrix favillana Walker, 1863
Subrita latifasciella Walker, 1866
Sarothripus lintnerana Speyer, 1875
Nycteola britana McDunnough, 1943
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Fletcher, D.S., 1959. Notes on North American species of Nycteola (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 67: 51-53; fig. 5.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 46.9f; p. 263. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at E. H. Strickland Museum
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Species Page at Pacific Northwest Moths
Nycteola frigidana
25mm – Jim Vargo
Nycteola frigidana
25mm – Jim Vargo
Nycteola frigidana
Canadian National Collection LG

Nycteola frigidana
Canadian National Collection LG

Nycteola frigidana
Moria Robinson - on Salix LG

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