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Sober Renia (Renia sobrialis)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Sober Renia

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The small, brown Sober Renia is a type of Litter Moth in the truest sense of the term.

Updated: 07/13/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Inconspicuous for the most part, a Sober Renia has a somewhat prominent curved orange spot on each wing. On the upper half of each wing is another orange spot, but this one is smaller and round in shape. It almost appears to have a snout when its two labial palps are upturned by the face. Males have a tuft of hair near the middle of the antennae. The brown color of the moth is perfect camouflage for its environment. Like many species of Litter Moths, the Sober Renia lives among the leaf litter. Unlike other types of Litter Moths, this species' larvae feed on dead leaves, literally the organic litter on a forest floor.

Look for the Sober Renia from April through September on the eastern part of the continent in and around deciduous forests. Its slightly flared wings are usually held open flat, allowing an observer to glimpse its orange spots before flying just a few feet away or completely out of sight.

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: Renia
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            Species: sobrialis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Renia sobrialis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 15mm (0.51" to 0.59")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, orange, tan
Descriptors: orange spots, curved, flare, wings, flying, snout

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 13mm (0.5in) and 15mm (0.6in)
Lo: 13mm
Md: 14mm
Hi: 15mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Sober Renia 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 Sober Renia. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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