Rheumaptera hastata

910131.00 — 7293 — Rheumaptera hastata (Linnaeus, 1758) — Spear-Marked Black Moth

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:

Polyphagous (woody plants)


This diurnal species is known on Block Island from a single specimen collected in the early afternoon at the gas station. Dissection is required to separate from R. subhastata, which has a more northern distribution and likely does not occur on Block Island.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 32.9m, 32.10m; p. 225. Book Review and ordering