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Species Parapoynx diminutalis - Small Leafcutter Moth - Hodges#4765

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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 Nymphulini
Genus Parapoynx
Species diminutalis (Small Leafcutter Moth - Hodges#4765)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Asian Hydrilla Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Parapoynx diminutalis Snellen, 1880
Oligostigma pallida
* Phylogenetic sequence #143775.
Seven Parapoynx species occur in America north of Mexico.
Wingspan 15-20 mm.
Texas to Florida and North Carolina.
Freshwater hydrilla sources.
Introduced species endemic to southeast Asia, Australia.

"Looks like it arrived on it's own at least by 1976, not a planned introduction. Note the larva has 7 instars (as opposed to a more normal 5)." Bob P.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - pinned adult and related species for comparison.