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Species Aphomia terrenella - Terrenella Bee Moth - Hodges#5630

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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Galleriinae
Tribe Tirathabini
Genus Aphomia
Species terrenella (Terrenella Bee Moth - Hodges#5630)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aphomia terrenella Zeller, 1848
Paralipsa decorella (Hulst 1892) Hodges #5633
The wingspan is about 25 mm.(1)
Forewing medium brownish-gray with indistinct blackish streak running from wing base to middle of disc; PM line deeply zigzagged with several sharp points (giving a "pointed feathers" appearance); veins in subterminal area dark, prominent.
Eastern North America.
Unknown but perhaps similar to A. sociella, whose larvae develop in nests of bees
The main flight period is May to August. (1)
unknown - perhaps the same as A. sociella, whose larvae feed on the honeycomb and sometimes larvae of bees
See Also
Aphomia sociella (Bee moth) has one or two black discal spots and usually a greenish cast or shading on forewing (and whitish basal area in males); lacks blackish streak from base to middle of disc.
Internet References
adult images by Larry Line and John Glaser (Moths of Maryland)
distribution (Dalton State College, Georgia)