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Genus Homaledra

Homaledra sabalella Palm Leaf Skeletonizer  - Homaledra sabalella Octagonal Casemaker - Homaledra octagonella Octagonal Casemaker Moth, 1398 - Homaledra octagonella bagworm? - Homaledra octagonella Case of a Bagworm Moth? - Homaledra octagonella Unidentified moth - Homaledra sabalella Homaledra octagonella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Batrachedridae
Genus Homaledra
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homaledra Busck, 1900
Explanation of Names
From Greek homalos (ομαλος)- "even, level" + edra (εδρα)- "seat, sitting". This apparently refers to the way the moth lies flat at rest rather than "sitting up" like those in the genus Batrachedra.
Adult - forewing light brown (in sabalela) to brownish-orange (in heptathalama), very slender, almost parallel-sided for most of length, tapering to a rounded point at apex; mostly unmarked in sabalela but with white exclamation-like marking in heptathalama; hindwing consists of a rod-like or spike-like midrib; all wings with long fringe of hair-like scales, very prominent in spread specimens, but hidden beneath forewings (which are hugged close to the body) in live individuals at rest.
South Carolina to Florida, west to Louisiana.
Adults of H. heptathalama are present from March to October in Florida.
Larvae feed on leaves of palmetto (Sabal spp.).
See Also
Other genera and families in the superfamily Gelechioidea are similar.
Print References
Busck, A. 1900. A new species of moths of the superfamily Tineina from Florida. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 23: 236-237