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Species Sitochroa palealis - Carrot Seed Moth - Hodges#4986.1

Caterpillar - Sitochroa palealis White moth - Sitochroa palealis Sitochroa palealis? - Sitochroa palealis caterpillar on Queen Anne's Lace - Sitochroa palealis Carrot Seed Moth - Sitochroa palealis crambid 3 - Sitochroa palealis carrot seed moth? - Sitochroa palealis Speranza moth? - Sitochroa palealis
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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 Pyraustinae
Genus Sitochroa
Species palealis (Carrot Seed Moth - Hodges#4986.1)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Greenish-yellow Sitochroa Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sitochroa palealis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Pyralis palealis Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 (1)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is Latin meaning "chaff, straw-colored." (2)
Wingspan 26-34 mm.
Silky whitish upperwings and diffuse dusky median spot.
North Dakota to New Brunswick to Virginia (and likely spreading)
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
The larvae feed on umbellifers, particularly wild carrot, Daucus carota. Also on Peucedanum oreoselinum, P. palustre, Laserpitium, Foeniculum, Silaum, Heracleum, Pastinaca
Life Cycle
Single brooded. Adults fly at dusk and later come to light. The larva feed on the flowers and the seeds of Daucus, Pastinaca, Heracleum sphondylium or Foeniculum. It spins the flowers together and hibernates, sometimes two years, in that spinning. Pupation takes place in a tough silken cocoon in the earth.
"Recently introduced into North America (first specimen reported from 2002) and now known from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin". * (information from - Moth Photographers Group)

Sitochroa palealis was first reported in the United States from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin by Passoa et al. (2008) (3).
Print References
Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775. Ankündung eines systematischen Werkes von den Schmetterlingen der Wienergegend: 123. (1)
Passoa, S., Balogh, G. & M.A. Solis, 2008. Sitochroa palealis: A Palearctic Pyraustine Moth (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambidae) Newly Introduced to North America. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 110(2): 504-515. PDF
Works Cited
1.Systematisches Verzeichniß der Schmetterlinge der Wienergegend.
Michael Denis & Ignaz Schiffermüller. 1775. Augustin Bernardi, Wien. pp.323.
2.Dictionary of natural history terms with their derivations, including the various orders, genera, and species.
David H. McNicoll. 1863. Lovell Reeve & Company.
3.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group