Two New Moths for the State

Back on August 11 Colin Croft found Glena nigricaria (sorry, no common name) in the Wildcat Hills south of Scotts Bluff/Gehring. This moth is western in distribution with Colin’s Nebraska record the easternmost in the United States The larvae feed on pines and are cryptically colored to blend in with pine needles (click on the link to view the larva).

Glena nigricaria, Aug 11, 2023, Wildcat Hills, Scotts Bluff Co., NE, Colin D Croft

Then on August 29 Mark Brogie found Papaipema circumlucens (Hop Stalk Borer Moth) in Creighton (Knox County). This moth was previously unreported in Nebraska. Larvae bore into and feed in the stalks of Hops and Dogbane. It has been found in roughly the northeastern fourth of the United States. According to the Moth Photographers website the nearest record to Mark’s would be from the Kansas City area.

Papaipema circumlucens, Aug 29, 2023, Creighton, Knox Co., NE, Mark Brogie

Many thanks to Colin and Mark!!

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