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Species Elophila tinealis - Black Duckweed Moth - Hodges#4754

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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 Elophila
Species tinealis (Black Duckweed Moth - Hodges#4754)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elophila tinealis (Munroe, 1972)
Synclita tinealis Munroe, 1972(1)
wingspan about 10 mm
forewing and hindwing dark brown or blackish with silvery-white patch in medial area, and sparse white dots; abdomen dark with white ring around each segment, and stout triangular or cone-shaped terminal segment
Michigan, Ontario, and New York, south to Florida, west to Texas
larvae develop in standing water in swamps and wet woods where food plant grows; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
adults fly from July to September
larvae feed on duckweed (Lemna spp.)
See Also
Waterlily Leafcutter Moth (Elophila obliteralis) is larger and has patterned wings with brown and white markings
forewing of Langessa nomophilalis is more slender, and hindwing is pale with black and white markings at anal angle (see pinned images)
Print References
Kinser, P.D., Neunzig, H.H., 1981. Description of the immature stages and biology of Synclita tinealis Lepidoptera Pyralidae Nymphulanae. Journal of The Lepidopterists' Society, 35(2): 137
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Moths of North America North of Mexico. Fascicle 13.1A. Scopariinae, Nymphulinae
Eugene Munroe. 1972. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.