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Species Adaina simplicius - Hodges#6155.1

Adaina simplicius Adaina simplicius Hodges#6155.1 - Adaina simplicius Adaina simplicius
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae
Tribe Pterophorini
Genus Adaina
Species simplicius (Adaina simplicius - Hodges#6155.1)
Hodges Number
6155.1
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Adaina bipunctatus (Grossbeck, 1917)
Original Combination:
Pterophorus simplicius Grossbeck, 1917
Phylogenetic sequence #183750
Size
WS ≈ 10mm (1)
Identification
Adult: Head is pale yellowish, tinged with brownish, especially on the vertex. Thorax is pale straw-yellow. FW are very pale straw-yellow, the costa with a few brown scales, a small patch of similarly colored scales on the costa, beyond the incision and another near the center of the wing at the incision. A few more brown scales are found on the inner edge of both lobes near the apex. HW are smoky. (1)
Range
North America (including Mississippi and Florida), Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. (1)
Food
Larvae feed on various composites, including sunflower plants, Carphephorus odoratissimus, Carphephorus paniculatus, Conoclinium coelestinum and Pluchea odorata. Larvae induce the formation of stem galls on their host plant, feeding and pupating within the galls. (1)
Remarks
It was introduced to South Africa for study as a biological control agent for Eupatorium macrocephalum. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (2)
Wikipedia - description and image (1)