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Species Galasa nigrinodis - Boxwood Leaftier - Hodges#5552

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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Chrysauginae
Genus Galasa
Species nigrinodis (Boxwood Leaftier - Hodges#5552)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Boxwood Webworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
original combination Cordylopeza nigrinodis Zeller, 1873
Explanation of Names
NIGRINODIS: from the Latin "niger" (black) + "nodus" (a knot)
- perhaps a reference to the conspicuous dark tufts of hair at the joints on the front legs?
Two Galasa species are found in America north of Mexico
forewing length 8.5 - 9.5mm (1)
forewing dull red with light gray border partway along leading edge; antemedial (AM) line whitish and zigzagged; medial (M) line inconspicuous; costa wavy, forming two shallow concavities where the AM and M lines begin; subterminal line composed of several longitudinal black streaks
front legs with conspicuous dark tufts of hair at the joints
widespread in the east to western Texas and the Rocky Mountains (1)
adults fly from June to September
larvae feed on the leaves of boxwood (Buxus spp.) and Covell reports devilwood (Osmanthus) (1)
Larvae "tie together and eat dead leaves of boxwood." (2) Boxwood is Buxus, apparently not native to North America. B. sempervirens is called "American Boxwood", likely due to its longstanding popularity in cultivation. The moth appears to be native to North America--it is unclear what the native hostplants might be, perhaps other genera in the family Buxaceae. Allegheny Spurge, Pachysandra procumbens is one such native plant, but no information can be found on its possible hostplant status. (Based on Internet searches.)
See Also
Galasa nigripunctalis - Hodges #5553
Print References
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, Moths of Western North America, Pl. 24.45m; p. 187. (3)
Covell, p. 405, plate 59 #6 (2)
Brimley, p. 297 (3)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page with photographs of living and pinned adults.
Moth Photographers Group - photograph of living adult and related species for comparison
pinned adult image (John Glaser, Dalton State College, Georgia)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.