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Species Penestola bufalis - Black Penestola Moth - Hodges#5179

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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 Spilomelinae
Tribe Steniini
Genus Penestola
Species bufalis (Black Penestola Moth - Hodges#5179)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Penestola bufalis (Guenée, 1854)
Stenia bufalis Guenée, 1854
One of two species in this genus in our area.
wingspan about 20 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing dark brown to brownish-gray with indistinct lines showing little contrast against ground color; dense speckling may give a smudged appearance; PM line jagged, irregular, with deep notch in middle, and large tooth near costa; hindwing similarly colored and with no prominent markings
neotropical: South America, Galapagos Islands, Florida, Antilles
page creation based on Brian Scholtens' identification of this image, as reported by Bob Patterson
See Also
most similar to Dusky Herpetogramma (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis) whose forewing PM line lacks a large tooth near the costa (see photos at MPG)
Crocidocnemis pellucidalis is similar but has white on hindwing (compare this and other species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Print References
Guenée, M. A. 1854, Deltoïdes et Pyralites. - In: Boisduval, J. B. A. D. de & M. A. Guenée, [i]Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères. 8(8): 245
Internet References
distribution and type specimen locality (Matthew Barnes, Moths of Jamaica)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)