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Species Donacaula aquilellus - Hodges#5317

Donacaula aquilella - Donacaula aquilellus - male Donacaula aquilella - Donacaula aquilellus - male Donacaula aquilella - Donacaula aquilellus - male Donacaula aquilella - Donacaula aquilellus - female Donacaula aquilellus - female Donacaula aquilellus - female Donacaula aquilellus - male Donacaula aquilellus - female
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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 Schoenobiinae
Genus Donacaula
Species aquilellus (Donacaula aquilellus - Hodges#5317)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Donacaula aquilellus (Clemens, 1860)(1)
Martínez designated as neotype a male specimen from Orient, Long Island, NY. The other specimens (16 f and 25 m) examined in the revision are from MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, NJ, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, and several additional towns on Long Island. The species is known exclusively from saltmarsh habitats.
"Larvae are stem borers in the cordgrass of salt marshes, living well down in the stem toward the roots, which are below high tide level. The species appears to be associated with this grass in the intertidal zone of all the larger salt marshes in Nova Scotia and is often very abundant" (Ferguson, 1975).
Larvae have been reported as borers of saltmarsh cordgrass (Spartina alternifolia)(2)
BOLD:AAA4101 appears to correspond to this species as treated by Martínez.
Print References
Ferguson, D.C. 1975. Host Records for Lepidoptera reared in Eastern North America. Technical Bulletin No. 1521. Agricultural Research Service. United States Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C. 49 pp. (p. 30)
Internet References
BOLD (as of 11 iv 2020, none of the specimens on the page are accurately identified)
Works Cited
1.Contributions to American lepidopterology - No. 5.
Brackenridge Clemens. 1860. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 12: 203-221.
2.A Revision of the New World species of Donacaula and a phylogenetic analysis of related Schoenobiinae (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)
Edda Lis Martínez. 2010. ProQuest LLC.