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Species Macrorrhinia endonephele - Alligatorweed Stemborer - Hodges#5913

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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 Macrorrhinia
Species endonephele (Alligatorweed Stemborer - Hodges#5913)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Macrorrhinia endonephele (Hampson, 1918)
Rhinaphe endonephele Hampson, 1918
Macrorrhinia signifera Blanchard, 1976
Vogtia malloi Pastrana, 1961 (1)
Explanation of Names
Macrorrhinia endonephele (Hampson, 1918) replaces Macrorrhinia signifera Blanchard, 1976, n. syn., in Neunzig (2003)(2) and includes as a synonym [5914.5] Arcola malloi (Pastrana, 1961) in Hayden & Landry (2020)(1).
FL north to MA and west to TX - BOLD (accessed 5/29/2020) (3)
Type Locality (endonephele Hampson): Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Type Locality (malloi Pastrana): Argentina.
Type Locality (signifera Blanchard): Town Bluff, Tyler Co., TX.
First introduced to the United States in 1971 as a possible biological control of the accidentally introduced pest alligatorweed, Alternanthera philoxeroides (Amaranthaceae). (4)
Print References
Anderson, D., C.L. Bellamy, H.A. Howden, and C. Quimby. 1991. George Britton Vogt (1920–1990). The Coleopterists Bulletin 45(1): 93–95. Full PDF
Brown, J.L. 1973. Vogtia malloi, a newly introduced Pyralid (Lepidoptera) for the control of alligatorweed in the United States.(4)
Brown, J.L. and N.R. Spencer. 1973. Vogtia malloi, a newly introduced phycitine moth (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) to control alligatorweed. Environmental Entomology 2: 519-523.
Hampson, G.F., 1918. A classification of the Pyralidae, subfamily Hypsotropinae. Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London 1918: 55–131., 1918: 87.
Neunzig, H. H. 2003. Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 15.5: p.264, pl.9.2-3
Pastrana, J.A. 1961. Una nueva Phycitidae (Lep.) parasito de la “lagunilla." Revista de Investigaciones Agricolas 15: 265-272.
Shaffer, J. C. 1991. Rhinaphe endonephele and R. ignetincta redescribed and reassigned to Divitiaca Barnes & McDunnough (Pyraidae: phycitine). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 45(2): 130-134
Shaffer, J.C. 1995. Pg. 14. In: Heppner, J.B. (Ed). Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Volume 3. Checklist: part 2. Hyblaeoidea — Pyraloidea — Tortricoidea. Association for Tropical Lepidoptera, Gainesville. 243 pp.
Hayden, J.E. & J-F. Landry, 2020. Arcola malloi (Pastrana), the alligatorweed stemborer, a new synonym of Macrorrhinia endonephele (Hampson) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Phycitinae). Insecta Mundi, 0768: 1-25.
Vogt, G.B. 1960. Exploration for natural enemies of alligator weed and related plants in South America. USDA, ARS, Entomol. Res. Div., Special Report PI-4, 58 pp.
Vogt, G.B. 1961. Exploration for natural enemies of alligator weed and related plants in South America. USDA, ARS, Entomol. Res. Div., Special Report PI-5, 50 pp.