Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mecyna submedialis (Grote, 1876)
Botis submedialis Grote, 1876
Botis pilalis Hulst, 1886
Botis dissectalis Grote, 1880
Adult: forewing light orangish-yellow with jagged brown AM and PM lines; reniform spot a short horizontal brown bar; orbicular spot small and solid brown; area between reniform spot and AM line clear yellow, surrounded by orangish-brown shading; subterminal line sharply zigzagged, paler and more diffuse than PM line; hindwing pale grayish-yellow with irregular PM line
Ontario and Michigan, south to Florida, west to Arkansas; also occurs in Alberta
European Corn Borer
) is very similar but has longer wings, and male is generally darker with more brown and greater contrast between light and dark areas
Grote, A. R. 1876 b: New moths. – The Canadian Entomologist, Ottawa 8: 111.
Grote, A. R. 1880 e: Three new species of Botis. – The Canadian Entomologist, Ottawa 12: 36–37.
Hulst, G. D. 1886: Descriptions of new Pyralidae. – Transactions of the American Entomological Society, Philadelphia 13: 151.
Munroe, E. G. 1950: The generic positions of some North American Lepidoptera commonly referred to Pyrausta Schrank (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). – The Canadian Entomologist, Ottawa 82 (11): 228.
live adult image
and common name coinage (Bob Patterson, Maryland)
live adult image
(Randy Newman, North Carolina)
pinned adult image
by John Glaser (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Alberta; list
(Moths of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Alberta)
presence in Florida; list
(John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Ontario; list
(Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario)
of genus Mecyna
in subfamily Spilomelinae of family Crambidae (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies & Moths of the World) - Spilomelinae is treated as a tribe (Spilomelini) of Pyraustinae at All-Leps