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Species Lygropia tripunctata - Sweetpotato leafroller - Hodges#5248

Sweetpotato leafroller - Hodges #5248 - Lygropia tripunctata Texas SE Gulf Coast - Lygropia tripunctata - female Hodges #5248 - Sweet-potato Leaffolder Moth - Lygropia tripunctata Lygropia tripunctata - Sweetpotato leafroller - Lygropia tripunctata
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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 Spilomelinae
Genus Lygropia
Species tripunctata (Sweetpotato leafroller - Hodges#5248)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lygropia tripunctata (Fabricius, 1794) (1)
Pilocrocis tripunctata Fabricius, 1794
Botys campalis Guenée, 1854 (2)
Botys cubanalis Guenée, 1854
Explanation of Names
Latin tripunctata meaning marked with three. This refers to the three dark marks along the forewing costa. (3)
Wingspan about 26 mm (4)
Description summary: (1)
Wings light yellowish and iridescent.
Dark grayish-brown band along the costa that continues along the outer margin of both forewing and hindwing, being widest at the apex.
Two black spots along the costa with the larger one at the middle of the costa. The smaller spot is half way between the larger and the wing base.
Postmedial line has thicker patch where it meets costa.
Hindwing has dark discal spot.
Texas to South Carolina and Florida. (5), (6), (4)
West Indies to Brazil. (2)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Most records of adults are from March to October. (4)
Larval hosts include:
Turbina corymbosa (L.) Raf. (Christmasvine)
Merremia umbellata (L.) Hallier f. (hogvine)
Ipomoea spp. (1)
See Also

Compare to others on the archived photos of living moths and pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Fabricius, J. C. 1794: Entomologica systematica emendata et aucta. Secundum classes, ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus. – C. G. Proft et C. F. Mohr, Hafniae et Kiliae. 217.
Guenée, M. A. 1854: Deltoïdes et Pyralites. Pp. 344-45. – In: Boisduval, J. B. A. D. de & M. A. Guenée, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Species Général des Lépidoptères 8 8. – Roret, Paris.
Jones, T.H. 1917. The sweet-potato leaf-roller. United States Dept. of Agriculture Bulletin No. 609.(1)