Xanthopastis regnatrix

Xanthopastis regnatrix is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It occurs in the United States, where it is found from North Carolina to Texas and south to Florida. Strays have been recorded as far north as coastal New York, and inland as far north as Kentucky.[2]

Xanthopastis regnatrix
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Xanthopastis regnatrix larva.jpg
Adult (top), and larva (lower)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Glottulini
X. regnatrix
Binomial name
Xanthopastis regnatrix
(Grote, 1863)[1]
  • Philochrysa regnatrix Grote, [1864]


The species known as Xanthopastis timais is now recognized as a species complex. The name for the species in eastern United States is Xanthopastis regnatrix (Type locality: Pennsylvania). This species name was used for the species by Kimball (1965), Wagner (2005) and Wagner et al. (in press).


It is characterized by the black patch of scales on the forewing that completely surround the reniform and orbicular spots, the relatively small process on the inner surface of the right valve.