Sympistis badistriga (Grote, 1872)

93-1821

Brown-lined Sallow Moth

Identification

Adults

Sympistis badistriga is a small to medium-sized moth (FW length 13 - 15 mm) with a streaky gray-brown forewing with thin black transverse line and two thicker black streaks at the wing base and in the cell that barely enters eastern British Columbia and flies during the summer. The forewing is smoothly streaked longitudinally with a lighter grayer costa, lighter gray-brown between the veins, and a light area near the anal angle from a diffuse subterminal line. A series of thin black lines between the veins extend across the distal subterminal area to the wing margin. A thick and slightly indistinct black line extends from the base to the postmedial line in the fold. A similar but thinner line extends from the orbicular spot to the outer margin through the cell and reniform spot. The basal line is reduced to a dot on the costa or is absent. The antemedial and postmedial lines are similar, black with pale brown components outside the median area. The antmedial is strongly angled toward the wing base on the costa, then bent to traverse the rest of the wing perpendicular to the trailing margin. The postmedial line is narrowly excurved around the end of the cell to for a long loop toward the outer margin, then slightly concave toward the base as it curves to the trailing margin just lateral to the mid-wing. The median line is absent. The subterminal line is pale brown, usually a diffuse patch near the trailing margin and absent elsewhere. The terminal line is thin, dark gray. The fringe is brown, weakly checkered. The orbicular spot is absent or a pale oval filled with the ground color. The reniform spot is a dark focal thickening along the black line through the cell. The claviform spot is not identifiable, likely it has been incorporated as the median portion of the basal dash. The hindwing is pale gray-brown with a faint gray discal spot, darker gray postmedial line, and ill-defined gray marginal band, and a thin dark terminal line. The fringe is yellow at the base and white at the edge separated by a thin gray median line. The head, collar, and posterior thorax are smooth tan, darker immediately posterior to the collar. The male antenna is filiform.

This species is similar Sympistis dinalda and Sympistis fifia. These three species and Sympistis habilis were previously placed in the genus Homohadena, now considered to be a synonym of Sympistis. Sympistis badistriga is most similar to S. dinalda which also occurs in eastern British Columbia. It has a powdery gray forewing without brown mottling and lacks pale components to the antemedial and postmedial lines. Sympistis fifia has extensive dark brown on the wing and thorax unlike the other two species.

Habitat

This species is widely distributed in moist forests throughout eastern North America, extending westward to the Rocky Mountains.

Distribution

Pacific Northwest

This species has been included on lists of British Columbia moths as it extends westward into the Peace River region of British Columbia.

Global

This species occurs from eastern central North America as far west as central British Columbia. It is found from southern Canada to Florida near the East Coast, with the range extending west to Texas and Arizona across the South.

Life History

Larvae

This species is a foodplant specialist feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) in the Caprifoliaceae.

Adults

The adults fly during the summer, reportedly in July and August in the East (Forbes 1954). It is nocturnal and comes to lights.

Economic Importance

This species is of no economic importance.

Literature

BugGuide

Crumb (1956)

Covell (1984)

Forbes (1954)

Moth Photographers Group