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Species Hodebertia testalis - Hodges#5199.6

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Classification
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 Hodebertia
Species testalis (Hodebertia testalis - Hodges#5199.6)
Hodges Number
5199.6
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hodebertia testalis (Fabricius, 1794) Leraut, 2003
Phalaena testalis Fabricius, 1794
Pyrausta testalis
Palpita testalis
Botys perpendiculalis Duponchel, 1833 - Synonymized by Speidel (1996: 327).
Botys incoloralis Guenée, 1854 - Synonymized by Shaffer M., Nielsen & Horak (1996: 189).
Botys ruficostalis Lederer, 1855
Botys melonalis Walker, 1859
Pleuroptya perpendicularis P. Leraut, 1980
Botys ruficostalis Lederer, 1855
Spilodes nitetisalis Walker, 1859: 773
Range
Florida and Texas - Hayden & Minno (2016)
Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia (1)
Type Locality: India orientali.
Food
The larvae feed on Hibiscus, Gomphocarpus and Asclepias species (including Asclepias curassavica) per AfroMoths
Remarks
Hodebertia testalis (Fabricius, 1794) is now recognized from Florida and Texas in Hayden & Minno (2016), News Lepid. Soc., 58(4): 166-170.
Print References
Fabricius J. C. 1794. Entomologia Systematica emendata et aucta. Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, Adjectis Synonymis, Locis, Observationibus, Descriptionibus. 3(2):227
Hayden, J. & M.C. Minno, 2016. A persistent population of Hodebertia testalis, a milkweed leaftier, in Florida (Pyraloidea: Spilomelinae). News Lep. Soc., . News of The Lepidopterists’ Society, 58(4): 166-170.
Wollaston T. V. 1879. Notes on the Lepidoptera of St. Helena, with descriptions of new species. Annals and Magazine of Natural History. (5)3: (17) 338. (Botys ruficostalis)