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Genus Cacozelia

Moth - Cacozelia basiochrealis ? - Cacozelia Cacozelia Another moth from last night, still resting on the building - Cacozelia basiochrealis Texas SE Gulf Coast - Cacozelia elegans Texas SE Gulf Coast - Cacozelia elegans Cacozelia basiochrealis Texas SE Gulf Coast - Cacozelia elegans
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Classification
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 Epipaschiinae
Genus Cacozelia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cacozelia Grote, 1878; Proc. Boston Soc. nat. Hist. 19: 263
Explanation of Names
CACOZELIA: "a stylistic affectation of diction, such as throwing in foreign words to appear learned; bad taste in words or selection of metaphor, either to make the facts appear worse or to disgust the auditors" [from ninjawords.com]
I don't know what connection (if any) this definition has with the genus name.
Numbers
4 species in North America listed at All-Leps: basiochrealis, elegans, interruptella, pemphusalis
Size
wingspan about 19 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Range
southwestern United States, south at least to Costa Rica
Remarks
Some older sources refer to a "Cacozelia alboplagialis" (Dyar, 1905), a species now known as Milgithea alboplagialis. Its Hodges number is 5581.
Internet References
pinned adult image of C. basiochrealis and related genera by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
list of specimens of C. elegans collected in Costa Rica (inbio.ac.cr)