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Species Prionapteryx nebulifera - Clouded Veneer - Hodges#5333

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Classification
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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Prionapterygini
Genus Prionapteryx
Species nebulifera (Clouded Veneer - Hodges#5333)
Hodges Number
5333
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Prionapteryx nebulifera Stephens, 1834 (1)
Explanation of Names
nebulifera is from Latin nebula- "mist, fog, clouds" + fera- "bearing"
Food
Reported on plants in the Heather Family (Ericaceae), including Sand Myrtle, Leiophyllum buxifolium, and Huckleberries (presumably Gaylussacia, but possibly Vaccinium). Also, probably, Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila)
Remarks
There is a published account of the caterpillars in the pine barrens of NJ living in underground retreats and building tubes of sand and silk up to the leaves of the host plants, which crawl through at night to feed. They are also said to produce a secretion fed on by ants, which protect them. They were found pupating in the same chambers.
Print References
Stephens, J.F, 1834. Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable. Haustellata 4: 317. (1)
Internet References
Entomological News, v.16(1905), p.12    An interesting observation of larval habits.