Greya sparsipunctellaOlle Pellmyr
Only female known. The largest of all Greya species, with a wing expanse 23-27 mm. Forewings with a very light base color, heavily irrorated with dark brown scales to form diffuse streaks. Hindwings uniformly grayish brown.
Comparison with Similar Species
The combination of a distinct wing pattern and its large size makes this species easy to recognize.
Only known from the type locality north of Mendocino, on the northern California coast. Three females were collected in three days of June by Walsingham in 1871, and it has not been found since then.
The assumed site is now characterized by low, forb-rich ocean cliff vegetation, and by moist coniferous forest.
Davis, D.R., O. Pellmyr & J.N. Thompson. 1992. Biology and systematics of Greya Busck and Tetragma n. gen. (Lepidoptera: Prodoxidae). Smiths. Contrib. Zool. 524:1-88.
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