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Genus Chrysendeton

Bold Medicine Moth -- Chrysendeton medicinalis - Chrysendeton medicinalis Chrysendeton imitabilis Chrysendeton imitabilis Unknown moth - Chrysendeton  Bold Medicine Moth - Hodges#4744 - Chrysendeton medicinalis Moth - Chrysendeton imitabilis Bold Medicine moth - Chrysendeton medicinalis Chrysendeton nigrescens
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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 Acentropinae
Tribe Nymphulini
Genus Chrysendeton
4 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 11-13 mm, based on three specimens at MPG
Adult: forewing yellowish-brown to dark grayish-brown with white patches and yellow or orange terminal band bordered by white; hindwing white basally with dark median band, terminal line of large black spots, and white subterminal area containing patch of dense black speckling.
Pennsylvania to Florida, west to Illinois
Adults fly from April to at least July.
C. medicinalis appears to be the most commonly encountered species.
See Also
Petrophila species are similar but usually lack large white patches on forewing.
See the Argyractini page for how to distinguish the various genera with hindwing eyespots and white rays on the outer forewing.
Internet References
pinned adult images of three species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image of C. medicinialis by John Glaser, plus specimen dates (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image of C. medicinalis (David Smith, Furman U., South Carolina)
distribution (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in North Carolina; list of one species collected locally [C. medicinalis] (North Carolina State U.)
presence in Florida; list of all four species in North America (Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in Illinois; list of C. medicinalis (Rickard Toomey, Illinois State Museum)