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

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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
Tribe Pterophorini
Genus Pselnophorus
Species belfragei (Belfrage's Plume Moth - Hodges#6154)
Hodges Number
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).
The only species in this genus in North America. (1)
Wingspan 18 mm. (Fish)
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
Southeastern United States: South Carolina to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma. (2), (3), (4), (5)
Adults are most common from March to November. (6), (5)
Heppner (2003) reports January to September, November to December for Florida. (5)
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)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.Moths of Brackenridge Field Laboratory University of Texas at Austin
3.South Carolina Moth Species
4.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
5.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
6.The Lepidoptera of Florida: An Annotated Checklist.
Charles P. Kimball. 1965. Florida Dept. of Ag. Gainesville, FL. v + 363 pp.