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Species Petrophila daemonalis - Devil's River Petrophila - Hodges#4771

Hodges #4774 – Petrophila bifascialis – Two-banded Petrophila Moth? - Petrophila daemonalis Moth ID Request - Petrophila daemonalis Hodges#4771 - Petrophila daemonalis Petrophila - Petrophila daemonalis Petrophila - Petrophila daemonalis Hodges#4771 - Petrophila daemonalis Hodges#4771 - Petrophila daemonalis Petrophila daemonalis
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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 Acentropinae
Tribe Argyractini
Genus Petrophila
Species daemonalis (Devil's River Petrophila - Hodges#4771)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Petrophila daemonalis (Dyar)
Orig. Comb: Elophila daemonalis Dyar 1908
Explanation of Names
daemonalis - Latin for 'pertaining to evil,' (1), a reference to its type locality near the Devils River.
7 mm wing length
Recognized as a Petrophila by the "V" shaped white bands on the outer part of the forewings with adjacent orange bands, along with a series of black/metallic terminal spots on the hindwings. The forewing and hindwing both have more yellow on them, particularly in the median area of the wings, than any other Texas species in the genus.
endemic (?) to Edwards Plateau of central Texas. (Dyar, 1908)
May-Sept (BG data)
Type series: Thirteen specimens, Devil's River, Texas, May 5 and 6, 1907, collected by Bishopp & Pratt.
Texas Parks & Wildlife considers this to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (2)
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1908. Description of eleven new North American Pyralidae, with notes on a few others. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 10(1-2): 112-118. (112) (3)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - MPG (image but no further data as of May 2016)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Texas "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) - TPWD
3.Classification of the Geometrina of North America, with descriptions of new genera and species
George D. Hulst. 1896. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 23: 245-386.