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Species Chalcoela iphitalis - Sooty-winged Chalcoela - Hodges#4895

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 Glaphyriinae
Genus Chalcoela
Species iphitalis (Sooty-winged Chalcoela - Hodges#4895)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chalcoela iphitalis (Walker, 1859)
Cataclysta iphitalis Walker, 1859
Chalcoela aurifera Zeller, 1872
* phylogenetic sequence #147100
One of two species in this genus in North America.
Forewing length 9-11 mm. (1)
Adult - head and body yellowish-orange; large silvery-gray patch covers almost the distal half of the forewing and hindwing; hindwing rear edge has several black spots.
California, Arizona, Texas to South Carolina, north to Michigan and Ontario.
Adults fly from May to August.
Paper wasp (Polistinae) larvae.
Life Cycle
Larvae are parasitoids that feed on the larvae of paper wasps (Polistinae) including Mischocyttarus basimacula and several Polistes. Larvae make visable webs on the nest and early instars often can be seen on the web. They overwinter as pupae in the wasp nest pupal chambers. (2)
Print References
Madden, A. A., M. M. Davis, P. T. Sparks 2010. First detailed report of brood parasitoidism in the invasive population of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in North America. Insectes Sociaux 57: 257-260. (2)
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.22.12m, p.172 (1)
Rau, P. 1941. Observations on certain lepidopterous and hymenopterous parasites of Polistes wasps. Ann. Ent. Soc. America 34(2): 355-366
Walker, F. 1859. Deltoides. List spec. Lep. Ins. British Museum 16: 444
Zeller, P. C. 1872. Beitr├Ąge zur Kentniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verh. Zool.-bot. Ges. Wien 22: 529, pl.2, f.2 (Chalcoela aurifera}
Internet References
live adult images (Claire Curry, Texas)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.First detailed report of brood parasitoidism in the invasive population of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus ...
A. A. Madden, M. M. Davis, P. T. Sparks . 2010. Insectes Sociaux 57: 257-260.