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Species Argyria lacteella - Milky Urola - Hodges#5463

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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Argyriini
Genus Argyria
Species lacteella (Milky Urola - Hodges#5463)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Argyria lacteella (Fabricius, 1794)
* phylogenetic sequence #162750
Explanation of Names
LACTEELLA: from the Latin "lac, lactis" (milk); probably refers to the white color of the forewing
Eight (8) species in this genus occur in America north of Mexico.
wingspan about 16 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing white with orange fringe (may appear brown or blackish in certain light); medial line faint, consisting mainly of a small dark spot at costa and at inner margin, plus a third dark spot halfway between these two; a fourth dark spot usually present where PM line meets costa; hindwing white, translucent, unmarked; face white; top of head orange or yellow
Maryland to Florida, west to Texas, south to at least Costa Rica. As far south as Brazil
adults fly from spring through fall
Reported on Phaseolus lunatus (Fabaceae)
See Also
Snowy Urola (Urola nivalis) is very similar but lacks dark spots on forewing
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Argyria nummulalis forewing has orange strip extending along inner margin, and lacks dark spots.
Print References
Martinez, E. L. and R. L. Brown 2007. Argyriini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with a redescription of Argyria rufisignella (Zeller). p. 78.(1)
Hodges, Ronald W. (ed.) 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. (2)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
pinned adult image of specimen collected by John Glaser on 12 Oct 2002 (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Florida; list (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
Works Cited
1.Argyriini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with a redescription of Argyria rufisignella (Zeller)
Edda L. Martinez, Richard L. Brown. 2007. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 61(2): 78-83.
2.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.