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Genus Nascia

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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 Pyraustinae
Genus Nascia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nascia Curtis, 1835
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Nascia from Nascia (also Nascio), the goddess of birth. (1)
1 species in North America (2).
wingspan about 22 mm, based on MPG specimen
Adult: forewing light yellow to orange or brownish with dark brown streaks along veins
hindwing pale yellowish with whitish or pale gray shading
Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Texas, north to Nebraska, Michigan, Ontario; also reported from Colorado
also represented in Eurasia
wet grassy areas containing sedges; adults are nocturnal and attracted to light
adults fly from May to August
presumably sedges (Cyperaceae); larvae of the European species N. cilialis feed on Carex and Cladium sedges
Internet References
live and pinned adult images of N. acutella by Hugh McGuinness and Jim Vargo respectively (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image of N. acutella by John Glaser, plus flight season, habitat, distribution (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.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.