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Subfamily Chrysauginae

Pyralid - Penthesilea sacculalis Nocturnal Moth - Galasa nigripunctalis Hodges #5566 - Posturing Arta Moth - Parachma ochracealis Dimorphic Tosale Moth - Tosale oviplagalis Pennsylvania Moth  - Galasa nigrinodis Galasa nigrinodis - Boxwood Leaftier? - Galasa nigrinodis moth - Satole ligniperdalis Condylolomia participalis - Condylolomia participialis - female
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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Chrysauginae
38 species in 21 genera in our area (1).
Recognizable as a group by the heavily scaled legs (particularly visible on forelegs) and the distinctive posture standing "high on the forelegs" (2). Details which help to separate genera and species include shape of the FWs, placement and shape of crosslines (if any), FW ground color, and fringe color.
FWs may be triangular, trapezoidal, or oblong. Clydonopteron and Salobrena have particularly distinctive FW shapes.
When present, AM and PM crosslines may be parallel or not and may be straight, evenly curved, wavy, or jagged in different genera.
Penthesilea and Tosale typically perch with abdomen upturned.
Print References
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.A review of the North American Chrysauginae (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae)
Harrison G. Dyar. 1908. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 10: 92-96.
4.Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera)
M. Alma Solis. 2007. Revista Colombiana de Entomología 33 (1): 1-9.