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Species Elophila obliteralis - Waterlily Leafcutter - Hodges#4755

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Acentropinae
Tribe Nymphulini
Genus Elophila
Species obliteralis (Waterlily Leafcutter - Hodges#4755)
Hodges Number
4755
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elophila obliteralis (Walker, 1859)
Isopteryx obliteralis Walker, 1859
Synclita obliteralis
Nymphula obliteralis
Hydrocampa obliteralis
Hydrocampa proprialis Fernald, 1888
Synclita proprialis (Fernald, 1859)
Size
wingspan 10-22 mm, male smaller than female (1)
Identification
Note crescent-shaped, whitish reniform spot. Male is smaller and darker than female, with broader wings (1).
DNA supported
Range
Includes eastern North America
Season
May-August (1)
Food
Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), Waterhyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), Waterlettuce (Pistia stratiotes), 60+ other aquatic plant species
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
larva under lily pad, pupa, adult
See Also
Elophila atlantica ranges along the east coast from Maine to Florida and may not be separable from E. obliteralis using photos.
Elophila occidentalis is found in California and Arizona. It may not be separable from E. obliteralis using photos.
Elophila tinealis - See Info page for this species.
Print References
Covell, p. 396, plate 52 # 27 (1)
Internet References
Images and Info at Moth Photographers Group
Images and Info at Barcoding Life
Invasive.org - Image of larva with info
life cycle stages and info Featured Creatures - U of Florida
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.