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Species Diaphania costata - Hodges#5216

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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 Margaroniini
Genus Diaphania
Species costata (Diaphania costata - Hodges#5216)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stemorrhages costata was transferred to Diaphania in Munroe (1995a), but its status as a new combination was not indicated; it was indicated as misplaced (1).
Stemorrhages costata (Fabricius, 1794)
Orig. Comb: Phalaena costata Fabricius 1794
Margarodes aurocostalis Guenée, 1854
Margarodes imitalis Guenée, 1854
1 sp. n. of Mex. (2)
Wingspan ≤ 20mm (3); circa 28-29 mm--measured here
For both adults and larvae see Hayden et al. (2017). (4)
Adult: Translucent white wings, and a gold line on the front edge of the forewing (3)
Records from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia (4).
Wide spread in south Texas. Reaches west, north, and east Texas as well. (Charles Bordelon, pers. comm., 2010)
Apocynaceae: Pest of confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), bluestar (Amsonia), and periwinkle (Vinca) (5)
Apparently an accidental introduction from Old World tropics. (5)
See Also
See Hayden et al. (2017). (4)
Palpita kimballi is known from FL and coastal GA. Males lack the expanded segments at the base of the antennae. Females require dissection.
Print References
Hayden, J.E., E.R. Hoebeke, M.A. Bertone & V.A. Brou Jr. 2017. "Diaphania costata (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae), a Commonly Misidentified Pest of Ornamental Apocynaceae in the Southern United States". Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 119(2): 173-190 (4).
Internet References
Wikipedia - brief description (3)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
4.Diaphania costata (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae), a Commonly Misidentified Pest of Ornamental Apocynaceae...
Hayden, J.E., E.R. Hoebeke, M.A. Bertone & V.A. Brou Jr. 2017. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington,119(2):173-190.
5.Illustrated Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Vol. 3C: Micro-Moths and Geometroids
Ed Knudson & Charles Bordelon. 2008. Texas Lepidoptera Survey, Houston. 30 pp., 18 plates.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems