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Species Honora mellinella - Hodges#5919

5919 Honora mellinella ??? - Honora mellinella Moth - Honora mellinella Moth - Honora mellinella Honora mellinella, Hodges #5919? - Honora mellinella Phycitini? - Honora mellinella moth - Honora mellinella moth - Honora mellinella Twirler moth ? - Honora mellinella
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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 Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
No Taxon (Sarata Series)
Genus Honora
Species mellinella (Honora mellinella - Hodges#5919)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Honora mellinella Grote, 1878
* phylogenetic sequence #175725
5 species in the west(1)
Forewing length 7-11 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Wingspan 16-24 mm (Heinrich, 1956).
Adult: FW blackish-fuscous. Head and thorax faded ocherous. Interior line white, not continued to costa. Yellow shade-spot below, near inner margin. Two separate, very small, dark, distal dots. Exterior line near the margin, even, narrow, and indistinct white. HW very pale fuscous, silky, with concolorous fringes.
Southeastern states; in the west from Texas to California; Washington (Heinrich, 1956). Also Oklahoma.
Known larval hosts are Palafoxia (Asteraceae) (Heinrich, 1956). Powell & Opler specify flower heads of desert palafox (P. arida) in the Mojave desert.(1)
See Also
Honora dotella is larger (8.5-12.5 mm) and has a red basal area.(1)
Print References
Grote, A. R. 1878. Preliminary studies on the North American Pyralidae. Bull. U.S. Geol. Geog. Surv. Terr. 4(3): 702
Ragonot, E.L., 1901. Monographie des Phycitinae et des Galleriinae Vol. II. Mémoires sur les Lépidoptères / rédigés par N. M. Romanoff Vol. VIII: 185, pl. XXXI fig. 11.(2)
Heinrich, C. 1956. American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae. USNM Bulletin 207: 197
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Monographie des Phycitinae et des Galleriinae Vol. II
Emile-Louis Ragonot. 1901. Mémoires sur les Lépidoptères / rédigés par N. M. Romanoff Vol. VIII, 602 pp., 34 pl.
3.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems