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Species Macrorrhinia endonephele - Alligatorweed Stemborer - Hodges#5913

Macrorrhinia endonephele Alligatorweed Stem Borer Moth - Macrorrhinia endonephele Macrorrhinia endonephele Macrorrhinia endonephele - Hodges#5913 - Macrorrhinia endonephele Brown thin moth - Macrorrhinia endonephele Arcola malloi - Alligatorweed Stem Borer  ? - Macrorrhinia endonephele Macrorrhinia endonephele - Hodges#5913 - Macrorrhinia endonephele Phycitini Moth? - Macrorrhinia endonephele
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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
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, Alternanther philoxeroides (Amaranthaceae). (4)
Print References
Brown, J.L. 1973. Vogtia malloi, a newly introduced Pyralid (Lepidoptera) for the control of alligatorweed in the United States. (4)
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. Reuta. Invest. Agric. of Buenos Aires. 15: 265.
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
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.