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Species Palpita magniferalis - Splendid Palpita - Hodges#5226

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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
Species magniferalis (Splendid Palpita - Hodges#5226)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Ash Pyralid, Ash Leafroller, Enrouleuse du frene (French)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Palpita magniferalis (Walker, 1861)
Botys magniferalis Walker, 1861
Scoparia fascialis Walker, 1862
Phylogenetic sequence #156075
WS ≈ 23-27mm
TL ≈15mm (1)
Speckled gray wings, black median band, robust body. Other Palpita, at least the few species found on the Internet, are much paler. See print and Internet references.
Whitish FW is variably speckled and blotched with dusky brown. Median band is usually obvious (1)
Includes eastern North America
Presumably near deciudous forests, woodlands, perhaps old fields with hostplant.
Ash (Fraxinus); and Swamp Privet (Forestiera acuminata)
Life Cycle
1.larva 2.larva 3.cocoon

PDF of life cycle by MJ Hatfield
Print References
Covell, p. 401, plate 56 #18 (2)
Munroe, E. G. 1952 a: The illibalis-group of the genus Palpita Hübner (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). – The Canadian Entomologist, Ottawa 84: 50.
Walker, F. 1861: . – Can. Nat. & Geol. 6: 41.
Walker, F. 1862 a: Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera in the Collection of W. W. Saunders, Esq.. – Transactions of the Entomological Society of London (ser. 3) 1: 127.
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems