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Species Phaecasiophora niveiguttana - Labyrinth Moth - Hodges#2772

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Olethreutini
Genus Phaecasiophora
Species niveiguttana (Labyrinth Moth - Hodges#2772)
Hodges Number
2772
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phaecasiophora ? niveiguttana Grote, 1873 (1)
Sericoris niveiguttana, Olethreutes niveiguttana
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the Latin niveus + gutta meaning "snow-white spot" for the "white discal spot." (1)
Size
Wingspan 14-17 mm. About 8 mm long.
Identification
Head: Head and palpi bright brownish-yellow.
Thorax: Mixed reddish-brown with white speckles, more so at tip.
Wings: Dark reddish-brown with black scales and white lace-like patterns, much like Olethreutes. Distinctive white spot about 2/3 length of wing, in center. Small dark patch at anal angle. Hindwings gray.
Legs: Dark, hind foot has white scales. Hind shin (tibia) not enlarged like P. confixana.
Range
Eastern US; southern Ontario within the Carolinian zone.
Habitat
Deciduous forests.
Season
July to August in the north, May to August in the south.
Food
Larvae feed on sassafras (Sassafras albidum), witchhazel (Hamamelis) and hawthorn (Crataegus). (2)
Remarks
Types:
Holotype as Phaecasiophora niveiguttana female by Grote, 1873. Type Locality: Pennsylvania.
In the United States National Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. Photo – excellent.
Note: Type label says Sericoris niveicastaner Grote, in Fernald’s Collection.
See Also
Print References
Grote, A.R., 1873. Contributions to a knowledge of North American moths. Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. 1: 91. (1)
United States Entomological Commission, 5th Report, 1890 by Packard, pg. 651 & 668
Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 1902, #52 by Dyar, pg. 454.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68 by Forbes, pg. 459.
Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 1926, #132: Revision by Heinrich, pp. 127-128.
Works Cited
1.VI. Contributions to a knowledge of North American moths.
Augustus Radcliffe Grote. 1873. Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences 1: 73-94.
2.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database