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Species Hydriris ornatalis - Ornate Hydriris Moth - Hodges#5127

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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 Hydriris
Species ornatalis (Ornate Hydriris Moth - Hodges#5127)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hydriris ornatalis (Duponchel, 1832)
Asopia ornatalis Duponchel, 1832
Botys invenustalis Walker, 1866
Cataclysta fraterna Butler, 1875
Ercta ornatalis orientalis Yamanaka, 1972
Nymphula bifascialis Heeger, 1838
Nymphula saturnalis Treitschke, 1835
Pyralis deciusalis Walker, 1859
Stenia pulchellalis Mabille, 1879
the only species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 16 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing brownish-gray in basal area and beyond PM line; median area yellowish with shiny metallic orbicular and reniform spots; PM line black, thick, slightly wavy; diffuse blackish subapical streak extends from PM line to outer margin; hindwing similarly colored, with partial PM line and black discal dot
Europe and Asia; in North America, apparently restricted to Florida
larvae apparently feed on plants in the morning-glory family such as Swamp Morning-glory (Ipomoea aquatica)
Type locality: Italy, Sicily
See Also
compare photos of related species/genera by Jim Vargo at MPG
Print References
Duponchel, P.-A.-J. 1831-1834 ["1831"]: Nocturnes 5 (2). – Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France, Paris 8 (2): 207–208, pl. 223 fig. 8.
Internet References
close-up photo of live adult showing shiny metallic scales (Jose Manuel Barrera, Spain, InsectariumVirtual)
live adult images by Machele White in Florida, plus common name reference, and pinned adult image by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images by various photographers from Europe (Moths and Butterflies of Europe)
live larva and adult images from Hong Kong, with suspected larval foodplant (
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)