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Species Microcrambus polingi - Hodges#5421

Grass-veneer Moth (Microcrambus polingi), Mt Lemmon, AZ, 8-24-14 - Microcrambus polingi Arizona Moth - Microcrambus polingi Arizona Moth - Microcrambus polingi
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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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini (Grass-Veneers)
Genus Microcrambus
Species polingi (Microcrambus polingi - Hodges#5421)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microcrambus polingi (Kearfott, 1908)
Crambus polingi Kearfott, 1908
Phylogenetic sequence #161525
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of ornithologist and entomologist Otho C. Poling (1879-1929) of Quincy, Illinois. Poling collected throughout the mountains and deserts of the American southwest, including California, southern Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas and Utah in two distinct periods (1900-1906 and 1922-1929). Many of his specimens were described by William Barnes and he had fourteen species of moths named for him. (1)
FWL ≈ 8.5mm (2)
Adult: Ground color dull whitish, almost always heavily dusted with dark scales. PM and ST lines dark and infuscated, often obscured by dark dusting and clouding. Terminal line, thin, dark and distinct. (2)
Has been recorded from Arizona and Mexico (3) (2)
Kearfott's Mexican specimens were larger (forewing 10.3-10.8 mm), darker and more heavily clouded. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (4)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (5)
Wikipedia - species page
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.The North American Microcrambus (Lepidoptera: Pyralididae)
A. B. Klots. 1968. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 76: 9-21.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems