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Species Homophoberia cristata - Waterlily Moth - Hodges#9056

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Condicinae
Tribe Condicini
Genus Homophoberia
Species cristata (Waterlily Moth - Hodges#9056)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homophoberia caduca (Grote, 1876)
Homophoberia retis (Grote, 1879)
Spatterdock (Nuphar luteum)
Life Cycle
Average adult life-span is 6 days with a maximum of 13 days. Females typically deposit eggs on the upper surface of leaves singly or in irregular groups. A single female is capable of laying upwards of 900 eggs during her reproductive period. Most of the eggs are deposited in the first few days after emergence from the pupa.

The first instars are translucent green with numerous spots and measure only 2 mm in length. Later instars are pale green with dark red markings on the sides and measure upwards of 3.2 cm in length. There are a total of 5 larval instars with a total development of about 26 days. Just prior to pupation the larvae turn a deep red color. The larvae reportedly swim to shore to pupate in the soil. They create a silken lined chamber in the soil in which to pupate.

The pupae are dark brown and measure 14 mm in length. Total pupation time is about 9 days. While it has been reported that this species pupates in the soil pupae are frequently found within white silken cocoons on the upper surface of spatterdock leaves or under rolled edges of leaves. They can also be found on leaves of nearby emergent plant species.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - Images of live adults
CBIF - Image of pinned adult
Georgia Lepidoptera - Image of pinned adult
Moths of Maryland - Image of pinned adult
Misc ( - Image of larvae