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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



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



Updated: 09/30/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.



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: Nigetia
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            Species: formosalis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Nigetia formosalis
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 12mm (0.47" to 0.47")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; white; gray; brown
Descriptors: black line; slant; scallop; gray button; flying; middle bar
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 12mm and 12mm
Lo: 12mm
Md: 12mm
Hi: 12mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Thin-winged Owlet Moth 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 Thin-winged Owlet Moth. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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