Paectes abrostolella (Walker, 1866)
A noctuid moth
NatureServe Global Rank: G4
Virginia State Rank: S1S2
VA DGIF Tier: None
Federal Legal Status: None
Virginia Legal Status: None
Description: Small for a Noctuid with a wingspan of 22mm. The base of the front wing has a white spot mostly encircled by black lines. The middle section of the wing is gray with some faint markings, bordered on the outside by a double line representing a forward or backward facing '7.' The outside part of the wing is mainly brown with a light spot near the apex and a few black dashes at the point of the '7.' The hind wing is mainly gray-brown and lightens toward the base, and has lighter fringes bordered by an undulating black line.
Similar species: Paectes abrostoloides is similar to Paectes abrostolella but has longer wings and the '7' marking does not quite reach the leading edge of the forewing, instead it is interrupted by the patch of light coloration located in the middle of the wing. Paectes pygmaea bears a closer resemblance, except that the round basal spot is tan and the fringe on the hind wing is white instead of the light gray seen in Paectes abrostolella.
North American Range: Ontario to at least Missouri and Kentucky. In Virginia, this species has been documented in Lee County.
VA Observations by Locality: Lee
Flight season and broods: Presently Unknown.
Habitat and Food Plants: The host is thought to be low-growing Sumacs, but this is presently unconfirmed.
Behavior and Ecology: Presently unknown
Population trend and potential threats: Populations should be monitored and habitats preserved.
Management practices: None yet.
References: Moth Photographers Group at the Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University. Web application at: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/large_map.php?hodges=8959.1 Accessed: 18Apr2013
NatureServe. 2011. NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life [web application]. Version 7.1. NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia. Available http://www.natureserve.org/explorer. (Accessed: September 21, 2012).
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Last Modified: Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10:12:03 PM