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Species Lipocosma polingi - Hodges#4887

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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 Glaphyriinae
Genus Lipocosma
Species polingi (Lipocosma polingi - Hodges#4887)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lipocosma polingi Munroe, 1972
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of ornithologist and entomologist Otho C. Poling (1879-1929) of Quincy, Illinois. Poling collected throughout the mountains and deserts of the American southwest, including California, southern Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas and Utah in two distinct periods (1900-1906 and 1922-1929). Many of his specimens were described by William Barnes and he had fourteen species of moths named for him. (1)
There are seven named species of Lipocosma in America north of Mexico. (2)
Forewing length about 6 mm.
Originally thought to be restricted to the Baboquivari Mountains of southern Arizona.(1)(3)
Alma Solis recently studied a population of unknown Lipocosma from central and southern Texas which she determined were also Lipocosma polingi.
Moth Photographers Group - large range map with collection dates.
Adults fly May through October.
Larval host is unknown but possibly oak.
See Also
Moth Photographers Group - related species for comparison.
Print References
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America, p. 172, pl. 22.9 (1)
Munroe, E.G. 1972. The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 13: 241.(3)