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Genus Neohelvibotys

4977 - Neohelvibotys neohelvialis Neohelvibotys neohelvialis Neohelvibotys neohelvialis Crambid Snout Moth - Neohelvibotys neohelvialis Hodges#4980 - Neohelvibotys polingi Neohelvibotys neohelvialis? - Neohelvibotys neohelvialis Neohelvibotys neohelvialis pale yellow moth - Neohelvibotys neohelvialis
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Classification
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 Pyraustinae
Genus Neohelvibotys
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Munroe, 1976
Numbers
3 species in our area (1).
Remarks
Dr. Brian Scholtens on Neohelvibotys vs. Helvibotys:
"They are the biggest problem in the SW and in the SE. In the east we have two Neohelvibotys, neohelvialis and polingi. N. polingi is only in S. Florida. N. neohelvialis is more widespread in the SE. Munroe had it listed from GA and FL west to Arizona, but I have also taken it in the Smokies in TN, so it is obviously a bit more widespread.

Capps (1967) on separating Neohelvibotys neohelvialis from Helvibotys helvialis: "The sparser cilia of the antenna and incrassate midtibia with a hair-pencil distinguishes the males of neohelvialis from those of helvialis. If the specimens are in good condition, the coloration along the outer margin of the fore- and hindwings is darker in neohelvialis than in helvialis; in the former, it is concolorous with the markings of the wings and in the latter, concolorous with the ground color of the wings. Worn females of neohelvialis, however, are reliably distinguished from those of helvialis only by examination of the genitalia."

We have one Helvibotys in the east, helvialis. This is the most widespread of the three. It occurs from very southern Canada down through Florida and west to the midwest. Pretty much anything north of Georgia, South Carolina or Tennessee would be this species.
Print References
Munroe, E. G. 1976: Pyraloidea Pyralidae comprising the subfamily Pyraustinae tribe Pyraustini (part). Pp. 1–78, pls 1–4, A–H. – In: Dominick, R. B. et al., The Moths of America north of Mexico 13.2A 13.2A. – E.W. Classey Ltd. and The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, London.
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.