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Species Herpetogramma pertextalis - Bold-feathered Grass Moth - Hodges#5275

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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
Genus Herpetogramma
Species pertextalis (Bold-feathered Grass Moth - Hodges#5275)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Herpetogramma pertextalis (Lederer, 1863)
Botys pertextalis Lederer, 1863
Botis [sic] gentilis Grote, 1873
Botis [sic] thesealis Zeller, 1872
Wingspan ≈ 33 mm (1)
Description based on Hugh McGuinness's comment on this image: Dark brown costa and tannish-white background
Per Solis (2010), "Hind wing terminal line dark brown and prominent; forewing basal line dark brown and entire width prominent"(2)
Specimens have been reared from 15 species of plants including red clover, raspberry, burdock, Solidago sp. (Asteraceae), Physalis sp. (Solanaceae), and Clethra sp. (Clethraceae) based on specimens at the USNM. (2)
Jean-François Landry (1993) reared 12 adults from larvae collected on Pedicularis canadensis. Although he identified the species as H. pertextalis, the photo he provided is that of H. abdominalis. Solis stated that there may be two species of Herpetogramma, due to differences in wing pattern. These data from individually collected larvae provide a hint that reared siblings from the same female may provide additional information to support the synonymy of H. abdominalis and H. thestealis with H. pertextalis. Solis did not find internal differences between these species. BOLD places most specimens in the same BIN or overlapping BINs.
See Also
H. abdominalis is very similar, but averages larger and lighter. Per Solis (2010), "Hind wing terminal line, if present, light brown or beige, not prominent; forewing basal line light brown or beige, not prominent and/or incomplete"(2)
H. thestealis is typically darker. Per Solis (2010), "Forewing with high contrast between dark brown or beige marginal shade and
basal areas"(2)
Print References
Grote, A. R. 1873, Kleiner Beitrag zur Kenntnis einiger Nordamerikanischer Lepidoptera. Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Science. 1: 173.
Lederer, 1863. Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift, 7: 466.
Solis, M.A., 2010. North American Herpetogramma Lederer, 1863 (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae): type specimens and identity of species in the United States and Canada. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 112(3): 460; figs. 13.(2)
Zeller, P. C. 1872, Beiträge zur Kenntnis der nordamerikanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 22: 514