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Species Colomychus talis - Distinguished Colomychus - Hodges#5200

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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 Colomychus
Species talis (Distinguished Colomychus - Hodges#5200)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Colomychus talis (Grote, 1878). Taxonomic notes:
originally placed in genus Botis by Grote in 1878
Explanation of Names
Species name talis is perhaps a variant of Latin talus, the heel (1). Alternatively, this may refer to a Jewish prayer shawl, a talis (tallis), also spelled tallit (speculation based on Internet searches).
one of two species in this genus in North America
Wingspan about 20 mm
Adult: forewing dark purplish-red with two large irregular yellow patches - one ascending from midway along inner margin, the other descending from costa about two-thirds distance from base (patches almost meet near middle of wing); small spot of same color in AM area near costa; hindwing similarly colored, with one large irregular patch in median area, and small yellow spot near base; black terminal line and white fringe on all wings
adults rest with forewings spread, revealing large portion of each hindwing
southeastern United States: Virginia into neotropics. Internet records from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina.
adults fly from May to August, based on Internet records
See Also
Pickleworm Moth - Diaphania nitidalis, grayish-brown wings with a single pale yellow patch on the forewing
Print References
Borror, entries for tal, talus (1)
Internet References
live adult image (Darryl Searcy, Alabama)
Georgia Lepidoptera--on a checklist, with this data: MONA 5200 Colomychus talis range: VA-tropics
presence in Oklahoma; PDF doc list (Checklist of Oklahoma Preserve Moth Species, The Nature Conservancy)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.