small mocis

(Mocis latipes)

               
Hodges #

8743

small mocis
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common in southeast and Midwest United States. Uncommon in Minnesota

Flight/Season

Multiple generations per year: June to October

Habitat

Grasslands, agricultural fields

Photo by Laura Baxley
Size

Total Length: ¾ to

Wingspan: 15 16 to 111 16

 

Identification

This is a medium-sized moth. The adult is ¾ to long and has a wingspan of 15 16 to 111 16. The drab, yellowish-brown and brown coloration helps to conceal it in dead grass.

The forewing is yellowish-brown with brown lines and spots. The outer median area, and a band beyond the postmedial line, are brown. A nearly straight line (antemedial line, AM line) separates the basal and median areas. Another nearly straight line (postmedial line) separates the median area and the postmedial area. In the outer median area there is a kidney-shaped spot (reniform spot) with a dark center. A small spot between the reniform spot and the inner margin (subreniform spot) is round, outlined in black, and hollow. The two spots are almost fused together. There is sometimes a small black spot along the inner margin at the AM line.

The hindwings are yellowish-brown with dark brown shading in the antemedial and marginal areas, and a poorly defined, pale, oblique line.

The larva is called striped grass looper

 
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Larval Food

Mostly various grasses, including rice and corn; also beans and turnip

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

Adults are active at night and will come to light. At rest, the wings are held flat, and the moth forms almost an equilateral triangle in outline.

Caterpillars drop to the ground when threatened.


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 21, 24, 29, 30, 75.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Noctuoidea (noctuid moths)

 

Family:

Erebidae

 

Subfamily:

Erebinae

 

Tribe:

Euclidiini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

small mocis

small mocis moth

striped grassworm looper

striped grass looper


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Antemedial line

A thin line separating the basal area and the median area of the forewing of Lepidoptera.

 

Reniform spot

A kidney-shaped spot or outline in the outer median area near the costal margin on the forewing of many moths of the Noctuidae family.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Synonyms: Remigia latipes (Guenée, 1852), Ophiusa delinquens (Walker, 1858), Remigia exscindens (Walker, 1858), Remigia subtilis (Walker, 1858), Remigia collata (Walker, 1865), Remigia indentata (Harvey, 1875)

It is found from North America (from southern Ontario and Quebec to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Minnesota and south through Central to South America.

The forewings are yellowish brown variably shaded with darker brown. Females are more yellowish to reddish than the males. The hindwings are yellowish brown with dark brown shading and two faint lines. Adults are on wing from June to October.

The larvae feed on various grasses, including rice and corn. They have also been recorded feeding on beans and turnip.

Thanks to Noe Avila for id in taxonomy help

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