Moths of North Dakota

Notodontidae: Notodontinae, Notodontini

Odontosa elegans (Strecker 1885)

Common name: Elegant prominent

Hodges #: 7924

Identification: Rfw 23.65 mm, with tuft at mid point along inner margin.  Wing shape is similar to some sphingids or cuculline noctuids, note family characters.    

Similar species: nothing very similar- rubbed specimens might be confused with 7922, 10190.

Distribution: southern Canada and northern and temperate United States.

Hosts: Larval feed on Poplar, Aspen and Cottonwood- Populus spp.

Note: Very similar to a few Eurasian members of the genus.


ND  Slope Co., Marmarth.  46 17 23 N Lat,
103 55 12 W Long. Hg/UV lt.  25 VII- 2004.
G. Fauske, P. Beauzay.






The long stalked Rs+M1 of the hw, visible without magnification, easily separates
rubbed specimens of this moth from similarly shaped Sphingidae or Noctuidae.

Odontosa elegans
resting on tree limb. 
Cass. Co., Fargo. pic. G. Fauske





Last updated: 04/14/09

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