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Species Chrysendeton imitabilis - Hodges#4746

Chrysendeton imitabilis Moth -12mm - Chrysendeton imitabilis Chrysendeton imitabilis Chrysendeton - Chrysendeton imitabilis Chrysendeton medicinalis - Bold Medicine Moth - Chrysendeton imitabilis Chrysendeton imitabilis Chrysendeton imitabilis Confused - Chrysendeton imitabilis
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Classification
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
Species imitabilis (Chrysendeton imitabilis - Hodges#4746)
Hodges Number
4746
Numbers
one of 4 species in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan about 12 mm, based on specimen by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: FW dark brown with large basal and median white patches and orangish terminal band bordered by white; basal white patch reaches base of wing, and its upper side is parallel to costa but does not come close to touching costa; postmedial area may have small faint oblique dash but lacks broad oblique white strip present in C. medicinalis. HW white basally with broad dark median band, terminal line of large black spots, and white subterminal area containing patch of dense black speckling
Range
Pennsylvania to Florida, west to Illinois (Dalton State College, Georgia)
Season
adults fly in April and probably throughout the summer
Food
unknown
Remarks
very little information available on Internet as of April 2006; any help appreciated
See Also
In Chrysendeton medicinalis, the basal white patch does not reach base of forewing but touches (or nearly touches) costa, and postmedial area has broad oblique white strip running from costa toward anal angle (lacking in C. imitabilis)
Chrysendeton nigrescens wings lack well-defined white patches; the basal two-thirds of its wings are whitish mottled with diffuse black speckling, and an orange terminal band by black.
Petrophila (=Parargyractis) species are similar but usually lack large white patches on forewing (compare images of several genera and species at MPG)
Internet References
distribution (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Florida; list of all four species in North America (Florida State Collection of Arthropods)