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Species Diploschizia impigritella - Yellow Nutsedge Moth - Hodges#2346

Diploschizia impigritella Yellow Nutsedge Moth - Diploschizia impigritella Diploschizia impigritella? - Diploschizia impigritella Yellow Nutsedge Moth, 2346 - Diploschizia impigritella Moth on Daisy Fleabane - Diploschizia impigritella Yellow Nutsedge Moth - Hodges #2346 - Diploschizia impigritella Yellow Nutsedge Moth - Diploschizia impigritella Diploschizia impigritella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Glyphipterigidae (Sedge and False Diamondback Moths)
Subfamily Glyphipteriginae (Sedge Moths)
Genus Diploschizia
Species impigritella (Yellow Nutsedge Moth - Hodges#2346)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Yellow-nut Sedge Moth
Five-barred Sedge Moth
Five-barred Glyphipterigid
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Diploschizia impigritella (Clemens, 1863)
original combination Glyphipteryx impigritella Clemens, 1863; Proc. Ent. Soc. Phil., v.2 (1), p.9
new combination Diploschizia impigritella; in Heppner (1981), Florida, Ent., v.64 (2), p.314
synonym Glyphipteryx exoptatella Chambers, 1875; in Busck (1903), Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash., v.5 (3), p.211
* phylogenetic sequence #073475
Explanation of Names
impiger is Latin for "active, quick, energetic": the original description says the type specimen was "Taken on wing"
one of 8 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 7-9 mm
Adult: a tiny moth - forewing black to dark reddish-brown with five white crescents along costal margin, and large crescent at mid-point of inner margin; hindwing dark gray with long hair-like fringe scales; lacks vein M3
Newfoundland to Florida, west to Texas and North Dakota; also occurs in California
wet grasslands and marshes where foodplant grows
larvae bore in stems and leaf sheaths of Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus), also known as Chufa, Flatsedge and Yellow Nutgrass
See Also
Diploschizia lanista is virtually identical but occurs only in southern United States (North Carolina southward)
Internet References
adult image plus common name reference [Yellow-nut Sedge Moth], description, food plant, distribution (Gerald Fauske, Moths of North Dakota)
8 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo, plus images of similar species (Moth Photographers Group)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
foodplant (John Hilty, Illinois Wildflowers)
distribution (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Texas; list (Dale Clark, Texas)
presence in California; list (U. of California at Berkeley)