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funeralis or maculalis

Grape Leaffolder Moth - Desmia Grape Leaffolder? - Desmia - male Small Black Moth with White Spots and White Fringe and White Legs   - Desmia Small white-spotted brown moth - Desmia Polka dot moth  - Desmia Baltimore Spotted Moth - Desmia Desmia funeralis - Grape Leaffolder - Hodges#5159 - Desmia Moth to porch light  - Desmia - male
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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 Spilomelinae
Tribe Nomophilini
Genus Desmia
No Taxon funeralis or maculalis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Desmia funeralis (Hübner)
Desmia maculalis Westwood, 1831
D. funeralis - Wingspan 21-28 mm (1)
D. maculalis - Wingspan 18-24 mm (1)
See the Identification sections on the following pages.
across southern United States to California, plus northeastern states and southeastern Canada
Deciduous forests and edges
adults fly May-September
Larvae feed on grape (Vitis spp.), Redbud (Cercis canadensis), and evening primrose (Oenothera spp).
Adults take nectar?
Life Cycle
two or three generations per year
Day flying, but also comes to lights at night.
See Also
Several other Desmia species occur in some areas (example: Florida has 10 species) - see pinned adult images of 6 species by Jim Vargo at MPG
Also note resemblance to Forester moths (Owlet Moth family [Noctuidae], genus Alypia). This is probably a mimicry complex, since these moths and the Foresters are day-flying. Perhaps they both are mimics of a wasp?
Print References
Covell, p. 400, plate 56 #11 & #14 (1)
Himmelman, plate C-5 (2)
Internet References
Desmia funeralis:
pinned adult image (Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeast Arizona)
pinned and live adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
Desmia maculalis
live and pinned adult images by Randy Newman and Jim Vargo respectively (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult image showing closeup of white patch on top of head (Henderson State U., Arkansas)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus flight season (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
3 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
presence in Texas; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)
status and flight season in Ohio (Ohio State U.)
presence in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard
John Himmelman. 2002. Down East Books.