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Species Homoeosoma electella - Sunflower moth - Hodges#5935

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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Homoeosoma
Species electella (Sunflower moth - Hodges#5935)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homoeosoma electella (Hulst)
Anerastia electella Hulst 1887
Heinrich (1956) and Heppner (2003) listed as Homoeosoma electellum (Hulst) (1), (2)
Hulst (1887) listed the wingspan 15-24 mm.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length 7.5-12 mm. (3)
Powell & Opler (2009)(3) reported two color phases in both sexes.
Gray with a white subcostal streak.
Tan with or without the subcostal streak.
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (4)

Heinrich (1921) description of larva in PDF. (5)
Heppner (2003) reported the range as North Carolina to Florida(6); Washington to California; West Indies; Mexico to Guatemala. (2)
Moth Photographers Group map displays records throughout the southeastern states to Nebraska and Texas; British Columbia to California. (7)
Pohl et al. (2010) reported Alberta, Canada. (8)
Powell & Opler (2009) stated the species "occurs across the continent." (3)
Heppner (2003) reported January to August; October to December. (2)
Heppner (2003)(2) and Powell & Opler (2009)(3) reported many host plants.
Anthemis sp.
Aster sp.
Bidens sp.
Chrysanthemum sp.
Citrus sinensis (sweet orange)
Coreopis sp.
Dahlia sp.
Echinacea sp.
Gossypium sp.
Helianthus sp. (sunflower)
Heliopsis sp.
Opuntia sp. (Cactaceae)
Rudbeckia sp.
Tagetes sp.
Verbesina sp.
Viguiera sp.
Print References
Heinrich, C. 1921. Some Lepidoptera likely to be confused with the pink bollworm. Journal of Agricultural Research 20(10). p. 832.(5)
Heinrich, C. 1956. American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae. United States National Museum Bulletin 207. p. 220; figs. 481, 975. (1)
Hulst, G.D. 1887. New species of Pyralidae. Entomologica Americana. 3. p. 137.
Neunzig, H.H., 1997. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 99; plate 4, figs. 13-17. (9)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. plate 26, fig. 20; p. 193. (3)
Works Cited
1.American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae
Carl Heinrich. 1956. United States National Museum Bulletin 207: 1-581.
2.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems
5.Some Lepidoptera Likely To Be Confused with the Pink Bollworm
Heinrich, Carl. 1921. Journal of Agricultural Research. v. 20, no. 10, pp. 820-821.
6.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
7.North American Moth Photographers Group
8. An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada
Gregory R. Pohl, Gary G. Anweiler, B. Christian Schmidt, Norbert G. Kondla. 2010. ZooKeys 38: 1–549.
9.The Moths of North America north of Mexico. Fascicle 15.4. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae, Phycitinae (part)
H. H. Neunzig. 1997. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.