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Genus Catoptria

Western Catoptria - Catoptria oregonicus Moth - Catoptria oregonicus Western Catoptria - Catoptria oregonicus Two-banded Catoptria - Catoptria latiradiellus 5408 Two-banded Catoptria - Catoptria latiradiellus Crambid - Catoptria latiradiellus Two-banded Catoptria - Catoptria latiradiellus Catoptria oregonicus
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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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini (Grass-Veneers)
Genus Catoptria
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Catoptria Hübner, [1825]
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Catoptria from the Greek "katoptron" (a mirror) - perhaps a reference to the reflective silvery-white stripe on the forewing. (1)
4 species in North America.
Across Canada and northern United States, south in the west to California. Represented throughout Eurasia by more than 70 species.
Tundra, forests, grasslands; adults may be active during the day but are also nocturnal and come to light.
Larvae of a closely related European species (Catoptria permutatella) feed on mosses.
See Also
Similar in size, shape, and pattern to other genera in the tribe Crambini such as Crambus and Chrysoteuchia.
Internet References
pinned adult image of C. latiradiella by Charles Bird, plus other info (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
liste of world species plus distribution maps and references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.