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Species Pselnophorus belfragei - Belfrage's Plume Moth - Hodges#6154

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae (Five-lobed Plume Moths)
Tribe Oidaematophorini
Genus Pselnophorus
Species belfragei (Belfrage's Plume Moth - Hodges#6154)
Hodges Number
6154
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pselnophorus belfragei (Fish, 1881)
Aciptilus belfragei Fish, 1881
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of insect collector, Swedish nobleman and Texas Ranger Gustave W. Belfrage (1834-1882).
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Size
Wingspan 18 mm. (Fish)
Identification
The four Pselnophorus species occurring north of Mexico are treated in (1).

Adult: forewing light gray with dark speckling and three or four black spots distributed along wing; abdomen light yellowish or yellowish-gray with sparse speckling; legs uniformly pale, with hindlegs held against abdomen at rest, projecting beyond it and often crossed near tip of abdomen
Range
Southeastern United States: Maryland south to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma. (2), (3), (4), (5)
Season
Adults are most common from March to November. (6), (5)
Heppner (2003) reports January to September, November to December for Florida. (5)
Food
Heppner (2003) reports the larval host is Dichondra carolinensis Michx. (Carolina ponysfoot). (5)
Print References
Fish, C. 1881. Pterophoridae. The Canadian Entomologist. 13: 142.
Internet References
live adult image (Charles Lewallen, Oklahoma)