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Genus Palpita

5220  - Palpita atrisquamalis moth - Palpita quadristigmalis Moth - Palpita Palpita freemanalis Four-spotted Palpita - Hodges#5218 - Palpita quadristigmalis Ding Darling caterpillar on Forestiera segregata D3397 adult 2022 4 - Palpita kimballi Crambidae - Palpita Splendid Palpita Moth - Palpita
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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
Genus Palpita
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Palpita Hübner 1808
Explanation of Names
The Latin verb palpito (inf. palpitare) is "to tremble or throb". (Latin dictionary entry.)
Twelve species in our area. (1)
wingspan 16-27 mm
Adult: FW often translucent grayish or whitish with dark speckling and/or spots
P. aenescentalis         P. arsaltealis               P. flegia                       P. gracialis                   P. kimballi                 P. magniferalis             P. quadristigmalis
Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Manitoba
adults fly from April to October
Internet References
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection lists two species from that state, with number pinned: illibalis (5), quadristigmalis (2).
Palpita quadristigmalis pinned adult image, Hodges #5218, Clemson University
P. ilibialis Hodges #5223 adult image (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.