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Species Elophila tinealis - Black Duckweed Moth - Hodges#4754

Unknown Moth - Elophila tinealis Moth ? - Elophila tinealis Synclita tinealis - Elophila tinealis Elophila tinealis Elophila tinealis Elophila tinealis Elophila tinealis small Pyralid - Elophila tinealis
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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 tinealis (Black Duckweed Moth - Hodges#4754)
Hodges Number
4754
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elophila tinealis (Munroe, 1972)
Synclita tinealis Munroe, 1972(1)
Size
wingspan about 10 mm
Identification
forewing and hindwing dark brown or blackish with silvery-white patch in medial area, and sparse white dots; abdomen dark with white ring around each segment, and stout triangular or cone-shaped terminal segment
Range
Michigan, Ontario, and New York, south to Florida, west to Texas
Habitat
larvae develop in standing water in swamps and wet woods where food plant grows; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
Season
adults fly from July to September
Food
larvae feed on duckweed (Lemna spp.)
See Also
Waterlily Leafcutter Moth (Synclita obliteralis) is larger and has patterned wings with brown and white markings
forewing of Langessa nomophilalis is more slender, and hindwing is pale with black and white markings at anal angle (see pinned images: 1, 2 )
Print References
Kinser, P.D., Neunzig, H.H., 1981. Description of the immature stages and biology of Synclita tinealis Lepidoptera Pyralidae Nymphulanae. Journal of The Lepidopterists' Society, 35(2): 137
Internet References
Images and Info at Moth Photographers Group
Images and Info at Barcoding Life
pinned adult image (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
food plant; PDF doc (United States Dept. of Agriculture)
distribution (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of North America North of Mexico. Fascicle 13.1A. Scopariinae, Nymphulinae
Eugene Munroe. 1972. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.