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Species Embola powelli - Hodges#2500.1

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Heliodinidae (Sun Moths)
Genus Embola
Species powelli (Embola powelli - Hodges#2500.1)
Hodges Number
2500.1
Explanation of Names
Author: Hsu, 2002
Size
forewing length 2.8 - 4.8 mm (1)
Identification
Adult - see Hsu's original description online (1)
Range
California and Arizona (Hsu) and New Mexico and Texas (based on BugGuide records)
Food
larval hosts are Mirabilas californica and M. tenuloba. Adults seen necturing on Asteraceae (Encelia, Haplopappus) and Nyctaginaceae ( Boerhavia_coccinea)
Life Cycle
larva enters host plant by boring a hole in the stem, pupation occurs in the stem and adult emerges through a hole bored by the larva (1)
Remarks
Neoheliodines are similar, but have three markings on the inner margin of the forewing not two, and the inner most marking does not form a transverse band across the wing.
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