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Species Elophila icciusalis - Pondside Pyralid - Hodges#4748

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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 Acentropinae
Tribe Nymphulini
Genus Elophila
Species icciusalis (Pondside Pyralid - Hodges#4748)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elophila icciusalis (Walker, 1859)
Leucochroma icciusalis Walker, 1859
Nymphula icciusalis
* phylogenetic sequence #143325
16-26 mm wingspan (1)
Adult: forewing light yellow with several white patches; brown beyond PM line in some specimens; lines black, broken, edged with white; median area white on all wings
Covell notes that this species is common throughout the range covered in that guide (eastern U.S. and Canada). Covell does not mention range outside that region. (1)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some collection locations and dates.
larvae are aquatic; adults found near larval habitat, and are attracted to light
adults fly from June to September
larvae feed on aquatic plants such as buckbean, duckweed (Lemna spp.), eelgrass, pondweeds (Potamogeton spp.), and sedges (1)
Life Cycle
See Welch (1916).
Larvae and pupae protect themselves in a case made of plant material. (1)
See Also
Nebulous Munroessa (M. nebulosalis) forewing is orangish-yellow with diffuse dark gray area forming a semicircle along costa
Waterlily Borer (M. gyralis) forewing is brown with dark brown patch halfway along inner margin
Print References
Covell, p. 395, plate 57 #25 (1)
Welch, P.S. 1916. Contribution to the biology of certain aquatic Lepidoptera. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 9(2): 181-184, pl.8, f.11
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - map with some collection dates, living and pinned adults.
live adult images plus description, foodplants, flight season (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.