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Gray-edged Hypena (Hypena madefactalis)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Gray-edged Hypena

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A Gray-edged Hypena goes by many other names and comes in many variations.

Updated: 01/04/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Females of this moth may be golden brown, or light brown and tan with possible pink hues. Males are a dark shade of charcoal gray with some individuals appearing black. Wings slightly flare out when spread flat. Both sexes tend to be darker on the middle band of the forewings, and lighter near the bottom and by the head. A zig-zag line separates these two parts. A single dark dot sits on each forewing near the center of the middle. The face seems to have a snout, which is not a nose, but a pair of labial palps set closely together that help identify food. This moth is almost always near a woodland or area where Black Walnut trees grow.

The caterpillar is green with faint, pink or red freckles all over it. Short bristles or hairs protrude from these pinkish dots. It feeds on the leaves of the black walnut tree, a plant known for releasing a chemical into the ground around it that prevents other plants from growing there. (This chemical, juglone, is not toxic to people, but it can be harmful to horses if black walnut wood shavings are used as bedding for the animal.) Caterpillars also feed on leaves of white walnut (also called butternut) trees that grow near black walnut trees. One or two broods can be produced each year depending on the region's climate.

Winged adults get an early start in the warmer, southern part of its range and can be spotted in flight in early spring. Farther north, observers have to wait until late spring to catch a glimpse at the Gray-edged Hypena. This moth also goes by the name of Gray-edged Snout, thanks to those hairy labial palps. It is also called the Gray-edged Bomolocha, referring to its previous genus name.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Erebidae
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          Genus: Hypena
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            Species: madefactalis

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Hypena madefactalis
Other Name(s): Gray-edged Bomolocha, Gray-edged Snout Moth
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 17mm to 19mm (0.66" to 0.74")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; gray; pink; ivory; tan
Descriptors: dark; wavy line; dots; spots; cloak; flying; two-toned; snout; nose

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 17mm (0.7in) and 19mm (0.7in)
Lo: 17mm
Md: 18mm
Hi: 19mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Gray-edged Hypena may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Gray-edged Hypena. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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