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Species Petrophila cronialis - Hodges#4782

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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 Acentropinae
Genus Petrophila
Species cronialis (Petrophila cronialis - Hodges#4782)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cataclysta cronialis Druce 1896
Petrophila has 17 species in North America north of Mexico.(1)(2)(3)(4)
Wingspan: (Druce)
♂ 28 mm.
♀ 35 mm.
The original description of Cataclysta cronialis Druce, is available online in the print references below.
New Mexico to Mexico.
Holotype collected Jalapa, Mexico.
July records.
This is a mysterious species which Munroe (1972, p. 129)(1) indicated ranges from Nogales and the Huachuca Mts of Arizona south into Mexico. He did not illustrate either the adult nor the genitalia. The original illustration by Druce (1896) in Biologia Centrali-Americana looks at best like a generalized Petrophila and Munroe’s description is also pretty generic. This has left everyone guessing at what ought to be “Petrophila cronialis”. There is one BIN on BOLD Systems (BOLD:ADK0852) which has been labeled cronialis; all of the specimens are from Yavapai County, AZ, which also happens to be the type locality of a newly-described species P. anna (Solis & Tuskes 2018)(3) which incidentally matches the old descriptions of cronialis. I suspect that P. anna will be found to be a synonym of P. cronialis.
Knudson & Bordelon illustrate a specimen purporting to be P. cronialis in their Davis Mts illustrated checklist, but it appears to be a pretty typical Spring Petrophila.
Print References
Druce 1896. Biologia Centrali-Americana. 274
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Moths of North America North of Mexico. Fascicle 13.1A. Scopariinae, Nymphulinae
Eugene Munroe. 1972. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.Identification and Distribution of the Petrophila fulicalis species group (Crambidae): Taking Advantage of Citizen Science Data
Sexton, C. Journal of the Lepidopterists Society 75(2):113-127.
3.Two new species of Petrophila Guilding (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) from northcentral Arizona, U.S.A.
M. A. Solis and P. M. Tuskes. 2018. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 120(3):593-604.
4.Clarification of the Status of Petrophila jaliscalis and Petrophila santafealis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in North America
Sexton, C. 2019. Southern Lepidopterists' News 41(3):216-225.