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Species Actrix nyssaecolella - Tupelo Leaffolder - Hodges#5818

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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Actrix
Species nyssaecolella (Tupelo Leaffolder - Hodges#5818)
Hodges Number
5818
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1904 by Dyar, who originally placed it in genus Tacoma
Explanation of Names
nyssaecolella is from Latin Nyssa (scientific name for Tupelo) + -cola "dweller" + the diminutive ending -ella. Taken together it translates to: "little dweller of Tupelos"
Numbers
one of 2 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan about 15-18 mm, based on two Internet photos
Identification
Adult: forewing light gray with dark gray band across PM area and dark gray hourglass-shaped marking in AM area bisected by thick diagonal whitish line; subterminal line whitish, diffuse, edged distally with dark gray; terminal line composed of several dark dots; hindwing brownish-gray with pale fringe
Range
Michigan and New York to Florida, west to Texas
Season
adults fly from April to July
Food
larvae feed on leaves of tupelo (Nyssa spp.)
See Also
Pyla species and other related moths are similar but lack one or more of the characteristics described in Identification section above (compare photos of numerous species by Jim Vargo at MPG: 1, 2)