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Species Nymphuliella daeckealis - China Mark Moth - Hodges#4753

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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 Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Subfamily Acentropinae
Tribe Nymphulini
Genus Nymphuliella
Species daeckealis (China Mark Moth - Hodges#4753)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nymphuliella daeckealis (Haimbach, 1915)
Diathrausta daeckealis Haimbach, 1915 (1)
Nymphula broweri Heinrich, 1940 (2)
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet in honor of German-born entomologist Von Adolf Erich Daecke who collected the type specimen.
Nymphuliella daeckealis is the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico. (3)
Wingspan 10-12 mm. (2)
The original description as Nymphula broweri Heinrich, is available in the print references below.
New Jersey to Florida(4), and west to at least Colorado(5), (6), (7)
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Type locality: Brown's Mills Junction, New Jersey, VI 22 1907 (Mr. E. Daecke).
Adults are most common from May to October. (3), (7)
Larvae feed on leaves of water lilies and water hyacinth. (5)
Life Cycle
Females lay eggs near the edge of the leaf or on the leaf’s underside. Larvae overwinter attached to underwater stems of host plant and the resume feeding in the spring. (5), (8)
Detailed life cycle information is in the PDF. (8)
Considered a major pest of water gardens. (5)
See Also
Compare on the plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Haimbach, F., 1915. New Heterocera (Lep.). Entomological news, and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 26: 322. (1)
Heinrich, C. 1940. Some new American pyralidoid moths. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 42(2): 37, pl.6-7; figs.3-3b, 10. (9), (2)
Works Cited
1.New Heterocera (Lep.).
Frank Haimbach. 1915. Entomological news, and proceedings of the Entomological Section of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 26: 321-325.
2.Some new American pyralidoid moths
Carl Heinrich. 1940. Proceedings of The Entomological Society of Washington 42(2): 31-41 .
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
5.Life in a Colorado water garden: The insects and other invertebrates associated with water features
Whitney Cranshaw, Cyndie Thomas, Boris Kondratieff, Gregg Walker . 2010. Colorado State University.
6.South Carolina Moth Species
7.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
8.Controlling Two Aquatic Plant Pests: Nymphuliella daeckealis (Haimbach) and the Waterlily Leafcutter, .....
Stanton Gill, Rondalyn Reeser, Michael Raupp. 2008. Maryland Cooperative Extension.
9.Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington- Journal available for free at Internet Archive
10.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems