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.
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.
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)
Webbing in wasp nest
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
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. Beiträge zur Kentniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verh. Zool.-bot. Ges. Wien 22: 529
, f.2 (Chalcoela aurifera
live adult images
(Claire Curry, Texas)
(Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image
(Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)