Glenn's Plume Moth
Larval feeding type: Stem borer
Larval substrate: Asters (including Symphyotrichum lanceolatum, S. ?lateriflorum, and S. lentum) and goldenrods (including Solidago canadensis).
Phenology: Adult: 6/05 to 7/21 (5 records)
Comment: H. balanotes, H. kellicottii, H. lacteodactylus and H. glenni form a group of very similar species, which need genitalia dissection to distinguish. The ground color of these species is brownish-white, sometimes paler (appearing white), sometimes darker. In photos they can look pure white and can then be mistaken for one of the H. homodactyla complex. H. balanotes is restricted to coastal areas where the hostplant grows. Small specimens (WS<21mm) are likely to be H. kellicottii.
Status in MA (automated assessment): Restricted distribution, rare
Status in N. America: Native
MA Endangered Species Act status: None
First Year Reported: 1954
Last Year Reported: 2020
Distribution by County: Berkshire, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable
Number of Records: 5