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Thin-winged Owlet Moth (Nigetia formosalis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Thin-winged Owlet Moth.

 Updated: 9/30/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The Thin-winged Owlet's wings benefit from the slimming effects of a black edge.



A small moth, the Thin-winged Owlet is white with a thick black band that crosses the middle of it. A round gray spot looks like a button where the thorax ends and the abdomen begins. Black borders the outer edges of both wings, and a mix of brown and gray color in the wings at the bottom. The caterpillar's host plant is not known, and aside from producing up to two broods in warmer regions, little else is known about this moth.
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
          Genus: Nigetia
            Species: formosalis
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Nigetia formosalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 12mm (0.47in to 0.47in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; white; gray; brown
Descriptors: black line; slant; scallop; gray button; flying; middle bar
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Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
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Alaska
Arizona
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California
Colorado
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Indiana
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Manitoba
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Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.




Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American butterfly and moth insect
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.