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Species Agathodes designalis - Hodges#5240

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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 Agathodes
Species designalis (Agathodes designalis - Hodges#5240)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Sky-pointing Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agathodes designalis Guenée, 1854
Stenurges floridalis Hulst, 1886
Forewing length 13-18.5 mm.(1)
Adult: purple-and-green marbled, hindwings are beige, abdomen held in an up-right position, males with pair of hair-pencils that are extended for the release of pheromones.
Larva: early instars translucent and orange with six rows of short, black-sclerotized tubercles, and are cryptic. Later instars with cream-colored longitudinal stripes, and the black tubercles become more prominent on the orange background, head is bright red.
mostly coastal localities from SC to e TX, plus se AZ / W. Indies - Map (MPG)
Four generations between May and September in north-central Florida
Larvae are leaf-rollers; hosts are Erythrina flabelliformis in Arizona and Erythrina, Inga, Citharexylum in Florida. More complete information from Sourakov, 2011.(2) Summer and Fall generations feed on leaves and develop slower than the Spring generation that feeds on nutritious flowers(1)
Life Cycle
Eggs laid singly on the ventral side of the leaf (Bourquin 1945). See complete life history by Sourakov, 2011(2)
Print References
Boisduval & Guenée, 1854. Histoire naturelle des insectes spécies général des lépidoptères 8: 209.
Brou Jr., V.A., 2008. Agathodes designalis Guenée, 1854 (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists' Society, PDF.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p.179, pl.23.32 (1)
Sourakov, A. 2011. Niche partitioning, co-evolution and life histories of Erythrina moths, Terastia meticulosalis and Agathodes designalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Trop. Lepid. Res. 21(2): 84-94 (PDF)(2)