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Species Vaxi auratella - Curve-lined Vaxi - Hodges#5465

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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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Calamotrophini
Genus Vaxi
Species auratella (Curve-lined Vaxi - Hodges#5465)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Vaxi auratella (Clemens, 1860)
Crambus auratella Clemens, 1860
specific epithet has been spelled auratellus by some older sources.
Explanation of Names
This species, transferred to the genus Argyria in Munroe (1995), is returned to Vaxi following the implied treatment in Léger et al. (2019), Syst. Entomol., 44(4):770, which placed Argyria in the tribe Argyriini and Vaxi in the tribe Calamotrophini, stat. rev.
One of three species in this genus in North America.
Wingspan 15-18 mm.
Adult: forewing white with median orange or yellowish band; band widens toward inner margin where it connects with narrow terminal line and fringe of same color
hindwing grayish-white.
Eastern United States and southeastern Canada: Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas, north to Manitoba; also occurs in California.
Wet prairies and meadows; adults may be seen flying during the day and are also attracted to light.
Adults fly from March to July in the south; June to August in the north.
See Also
Vaxi critica is similar but its forewing orange band does not widen toward inner margin.
Print References
Léger, T., B. Landry & M. Nuss, 2019. Phylogeny, character evolution and tribal classification in Crambinae and Scopariinae (Lepidoptera, Crambidae). Systematic Entomology, 44(4): 757-776.