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

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

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

Previous events


Species Helvibotys helvialis - Hodges#4980

4980  - Helvibotys helvialis Moth ID Request - Helvibotys helvialis Is this a Helvibotys helvialis? - Helvibotys helvialis Helvibotys helvialis Helvibotys helvialis Maybe Helvibotys? - Helvibotys helvialis moth sp - Helvibotys helvialis Helvibotys helvialis
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Helvibotys helvialis (Walker, 1859)
Spilodes helvialis Walker, 1859
Botys thycesalis Walker, 1859
Botys apertalis Walker, [1866]
Botys citrina Grote & Robinson, 1867
Loxostege helvialis Fernald, 1903
Five Helvibotys species occur in America north of Mexico.
wingspan about 17-20 mm, based on two Internet photos
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.
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
The main flight period appears to be adults fly from April to September; longer period in California.
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)