Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide Gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Helvibotys helvialis - Hodges#4980

Moth - Helvibotys helvialis Helvibotys helvialis  - Helvibotys helvialis Helvibotys helvialis possible Neohelvibotys neohelvialis - Helvibotys helvialis Helvibotys helvialis  - Helvibotys helvialis Hodges#4980 - Helvibotys helvialis Yellow moth - Helvibotys helvialis moth - Helvibotys helvialis
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Classification
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 Pyraustinae
Genus Helvibotys
Species helvialis (Helvibotys helvialis - Hodges#4980)
Hodges Number
4980
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Helvibotys helvialis (Walker, 1859)
Spilodes helvialis Walker, 1859
Synonyms
Botys thycesalis Walker, 1859
Botys apertalis Walker, [1866]
Botys citrina Grote & Robinson, 1867
Loxostege helvialis Fernald, 1903
Numbers
Five Helvibotys species occur in America north of Mexico.
Size
wingspan about 17-20 mm, based on two Internet photos
Identification
Adult: forewing variably yellowish, orangish, or tan with brown AM and PM lines; AM line a smooth shallow arc, almost straight; PM line a smooth shallow S-shaped curve; two discal spots in median area near costa are same color as AM and PM lines; hindwing similar color as forewing but AM line absent and PM line reduced to short straight portion near middle of wing.
Range
Across southern states from California(1) to Florida(2), north in the east to Massachusetts, Quebec, Ontario, Michigan, and Iowa. (3), (4), (5)
based on an Internet search, this is the only species of Helvibotys or Neohelvibotys with confirmed records north of North Carolina
Season
The main flight period appears to be adults fly from April to September; longer period in California.
Food
The larvae feed on pigweed (Amaranthus spp.) and Common Beet (Beta vulgaris)
See Also
Munroe in 1976 (and Brian Scholtens in a recent email message via Bob Patterson) said that species of Neohelvibotys cannot be reliably distinguished from Helvibotys except by examination of genitalia.
Other Helvibotys species are restricted to the southern states.
Print References
Munroe, E., 1976. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 13.2a. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 50; pl. 3, figs. 57-58. (6)
Walker, F. 1859. List of the Lepidopterous Insects in the British Museum of Natural History. London. 18, p. 772.
Capps, H W. 1967. Review of some species of Loxostege (Hübner) and descriptions of new species (Lepidoptera, Pyraustidae: Pyrausinae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 120(3361): 3 (7)
Internet References
pinned adult image plus date and larval foodplants (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona)
presence in Iowa; list of 2 specimen records with dates and locations (James Durbin, Iowa)
presence in South Carolina; list (Richard Vogt, U. of South Carolina)
US distribution; list of boundary states (Dalton State College, Georgia)
pinned adult image of specimen collected in New Jersey in 1881 (Titian Peale Collection, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia)