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Species Acrolophus mycetophagus - Frilly Grass-tubeworm Moth - Hodges#0367.1

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Acrolophinae (Burrowing Webworm Moths)
Genus Acrolophus (Tubeworm Moths)
Species mycetophagus (Frilly Grass-tubeworm Moth - Hodges#0367.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acrolophus mycetophagus Davis, 1990 (1)
Explanation of Names
mycetophagus means "fungi-eating" or "mushroom-eating", refering to the larval diet. (1)
Davis (1990) listed the forewing length. (1)
♂ 5-8 mm.
♀ 8-11 mm.
Adult: forewing white with band of dark scales across median area, and diffuse dark scaling in subterminal area; hindwing dark brownish-gray; head may or may not be covered with very long white hair-like scales
South Carolina to Florida, west to Texas. (2), (3), (4), (1)
Holotype ♂ 7 mi. NE Fargo, Cinch County, Georgia, 6 May 1981, D.C. Ferguson [USNM}. (1)
Davis (1990) most adults were captured between mid-February and mid-June. A second flight in early August to late September. (1)
Davis (1990) listed the larval host as bracket fungus. (1)
Print References
Davis, D.R. 1990. Three New Species of Acrolophus from the Southeastern United States with remarks on the status of the family Acrolophidae (Lepidoptera: Tineodea). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 92(4): 702, figs.4-6, 18-22. (1)
Internet References
pinned adult images by Robert Patterson (Moth Photographers Group)
presence in South Carolina; list (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)