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Genus Patania

Herbivorous Pleuroptya Moth - Patania silicalis Pleuroptya silicalis? - Patania silicalis Herbivorous Pleuroptya Moth, #5243 - Patania silicalis Pleuroptya silicalis - Patania silicalis Moth - Patania silicalis St. Andrews leaf tier on Boehmeria cylindrica SA1438 adult 2018 1 - Patania silicalis Patania silicalis Patania silicalis
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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 Spilomelinae
Genus Patania
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pleuroptya penumbralis is a synonym of P. silicalis
Pleuroptya fluctuosalis (Lederer, 1863) is treated as a synonym of Herpetogramma fluctuosalis at All-Leps; that species is listed as P. fluctuosalis at U. of Florida, and a specimen is shown at Moths of Southeastern Arizona
One species in our area. (1)
wingspan about 24-26 mm, based on two Internet photos
Adult: forewing yellowish-gray to orangish with dark gray AM and PM lines; AM line slightly ragged but almost straight; PM line toothed, with deep right-angled jog toward base in lower half; discal spot a dark gray crescent, sometimes faint; hindwing has similar color and markings but lacks AM line
Missouri, Ohio, and New York, south to Florida
also occurs south through Central and South America to Brazil
adults fly in summer in North America
Larvae have been collected and reared on Convolvulaceae (Ipomoea batatas, Ipomoea setifera, Merremia umbellata), and Rivinia humilis, according to this reference (Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 52(2), 1998, 217-219).
also reported on Bougainvillea species in South America
Internet References
live adult image by Hugh McGuiness, presumably from New York, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image (John Snyder, Clemson University, South Carolina)
pinned adult image labelled as synonym penumbralis plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
2 pinned adult images and collection site map showing presence in Tennessee (All-Leps)
presence in Missouri and Ohio; list under synonym penumbralis (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
larval foodplants plus synonyms, literature references, distribution (Markku Savela, FUNET)
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.