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Species Palpita flegia - Satin White Moth - Hodges#5217

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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 Spilomelinae
Genus Palpita
Species flegia (Satin White Moth - Hodges#5217)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Yellow Oleander Caterpillar
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Palpita flegia (Cramer, 1777)
Margarodes flegyalis Guenée, 1854
Margarodes phantasmalis Guenée, 1854
Margaronia virginalis Hübner, 1825
Paradosis villosalis Zeller, 1852
Pyralis flegialis Poey, 1832

First description, by Pieter Cramer, published in 1777, with the name Phalaena flegia
Southern Texas to Florida
Larvae feed on Yellow Oleander, Thevetia peruviana.
Life Cycle
1. Early instar in leaf nest 2. Fourth instar larva 3. Final instar leaf nest 4. Pupa 5. Adult
Type locality: Surinam
See Also
See Hayden et al. (2017). (1)
Palpita kimballi

Diaphania costata
Print References
Cramer, P. 1777 ["1779"]: De uitlandsche kapellen, voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen Asia, Africa en America [Papillons exotiques, des trois parties du monde l'Asie, l'Afrique et l'Amerique], vol. 2. – S. J. Baalde & B. Wild, Amsterdam & Utrecht. 66–67, pl. 140 fig. D.
Hayden et al. 2017: 173-190. (1)
Guenée, M. A. 1854: Deltoïdes et Pyralites. Pp. 310. – In: Boisduval, J. B. A. D. de & M. A. Guenée, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères 8 8. – Roret, Paris.
Poey, F. 1832–1833: Centurie de Lépidoptères de l'Île de Cuba. –. 54 pp., 20 pl..
Zeller, P. C. 1852: Lepidoptera Microptera, quae J. A. Wahlberg in Caffrorum terra collegit. – Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar, Uppsala & Stockholm 40 (series 3): 58, 120.
Works Cited
1.Diaphania costata (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae), a Commonly Misidentified Pest of Ornamental Apocynaceae...
Hayden, J.E., E.R. Hoebeke, M.A. Bertone & V.A. Brou Jr. 2017. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington,119(2):173-190.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems