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Species Prays atomocella - Hop-tree Borer Moth - Hodges#2416

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Praydidae (False Ermine Moths)
Genus Prays
Species atomocella (Hop-tree Borer Moth - Hodges#2416)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Originally described as Yponomeuta atomocella Dyar, 1902
Prays atomocella (Dyar, 1902)(1)
With the forewing having the black spots rather large (compared to those of Yponomeuta) and the apical fringe rust colored (versus white in Yponomeuta), this moth is diagnosed as Prays atomocella. -- Terry Harrison, 24 May 2009
It has one generation per year. In early spring, the larva feeds inside a new shoot of hoptree, Ptelea trifoliata (Rutaceae); then it pupates and emerges as an adult, in which stage it spends the rest of the year until mating and laying eggs the following spring. -- Terry Harrison, 24 May, 2009
The only native Nearctic species of the genus Prays
Works Cited
1.The Lepidoptera of New York and Neighboring States
William T.M. Forbes. 1923. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Memoir 68.