Species Details

Anterastria teratophora

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Common NameThe Grey Marvel SeasonalityAdults in late May and June. IdentificationA rather small (approx. 2.5 cm. wingspan) dark broad winged noctuid moth. Forewings and thorax very dark brown. Normal markings present but indistinct. The only prominent markings are the large, white ringed and partially white filled reniform spots. There is also some white scaling along the costa beyond the reniform. Hindwings dirty white to light grey-brown, darker toward the outer margin. Antennae simple and sexes alike.

Scientific Name Anterastria teratophora Common Name The Grey Marvel Habitat In Alberta it has been collected only in riparian meadows in the aspen parklands region. Seasonality Adults in late May and June. Identification
A rather small (approx. 2.5 cm. wingspan) dark broad winged noctuid moth. Forewings and thorax very dark brown. Normal markings present but indistinct. The only prominent markings are the large, white ringed and…
A rather small (approx. 2.5 cm. wingspan) dark broad winged noctuid moth. Forewings and thorax very dark brown. Normal markings present but indistinct. The only prominent markings are the large, white ringed and partially white filled reniform spots. There is also some white scaling along the costa beyond the reniform. Hindwings dirty white to light grey-brown, darker toward the outer margin. Antennae simple and sexes alike.
Life History Poorly known. There is a single brood. Diet Info Reported larval hosts include mint (Mentha) and bergamont (Monarda), in the Mint family (Lamiaceae). Range Quebec west to central Alberta, south to Florida and Arizona. Notes
This little moth appears to be rare; it is encountered infrequently, and rarely is more than a single specimen found. Consequently we do not know a lot about it. Until recently it was placed in the genus Erastria in…
This little moth appears to be rare; it is encountered infrequently, and rarely is more than a single specimen found. Consequently we do not know a lot about it. Until recently it was placed in the genus Erastria in the subfamily Acontiinae along with Pseudeustrotia carneola. Both are primarily eastern species found in mesic meadows.

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"Anterastria teratophora, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-6325. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Noctuoidea Family Noctuidae Subfamily Acronictinae Genus Anterastria Species Anterastria teratophora
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum