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Species Pyrausta nicalis - Hodges#5032

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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 Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Pyraustinae
Genus Pyrausta
Species nicalis (Pyrausta nicalis - Hodges#5032)
Hodges Number
5032
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pyrausta nicalis (Grote, 1878)
Stemmatophora nicalis Grote, 1878
Phylogenetic sequence # 150700.
Numbers
61 species in America north of Mexico
several known but undescribed species
Size
wingspan 19-23 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing grayish-brown tinged with red or purple; PM line whitish, wavy, thin in middle and thick at both ends; AM line and two dark discal spots usually inconspicuous or indistinct; hindwing brownish-gray with white partial PM line that doesn't reach inner margin
Range
Yukon(1) to Quebec, south to New England, Colorado, and California; type specimen collected in California. (2), (3)
Habitat
undisturbed areas and boreal forest; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from May to August, but most common in June and July
Food
unknown but larvae are suspected to feed on one or more species of mint
See Also
related species have pinker forewings and/or lack dark discal spots and/or have a more uniformly thick PM line
Print References
Munroe, E., 1976. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 13.2b; p. 99; pl. 7.24-31.(4)
Internet References
presence in California; list of 10 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies and Moths of the Yukon
J.D. Lafontaine & D.M. Wood. 1997. In: Danks H.V., Downes J.A. (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa: 787–86.
2.Essig Museum of Entomology, California Moth Species List
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 13.2B. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae (part), Pyraustinae, Pyraustini (conclusion)...
Munroe, Eugene. 1976. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems