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Species Arta epicoenalis - Hodges#5567

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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
Genus Arta
Species epicoenalis (Arta epicoenalis - Hodges#5567)
Hodges Number
One of 3 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps.
Wingspan about 17 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG. Forewing 7 - 8.5 mm (n = 4 measured images; CS).
Adult: forewing light reddish with pale AM and PM lines that diverge slightly as they run from costa to inner margin; hindwing light gray; tibiae and tarsi lack conspicuous scale tufts.
California to Texas and Oklahoma.
Adults fly in June and July in California.
See Also
Posturing Arta (Arta statalis), forewing is darker brownish-red, AM & PM lines are parallel, and the species doesn't occur west of Texas.
Arta olivalis, forewing is pale green with contrasting red fringe.
Basacallis tarachodes has a more contrasting median area, with PM line further from the outer margin, and has a prominent series of black dashes for the terminal line.
Parachma Moth (Parachma ochracealis), tibiae and tarsi have conspicuous scale tufts.
Caphys arizonensis, forewing AM & PM lines are gracefully curved and parallel, terminal line is red, and the species is apparently restricted to Arizona and Mexico.
Internet References
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
presence in California; list of 24 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in Oklahoma; PDF doc list (John Nelson, Oklahoma)