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Species Raphiptera argillaceellus - Diminutive Grass-veneer - Hodges#5393

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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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Crambini (Grass-Veneers)
Genus Raphiptera
Species argillaceellus (Diminutive Grass-veneer - Hodges#5393)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Raphiptera argillaceellus (Packard, 1867)
Wingspan about 15 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing outer margin falcate near apex, resulting in sharply-pointed tip; forewing light brown to brownish-gray with slender white stripe, tapered at both ends, extending from base to postmedial area but not reaching ST line; white stripe has blackish tooth along lower edge about two-thirds from base; subterminal line black, V-shaped; black apical dash bordered below by triangular white patch; dark oblique line from costa to white strip represents upper portion of PM line; hindwing light gray
Quebec to Florida(1), west to Texas(2), north to Alberta
adults fly from June to August
larvae probably feed on grasses
one of the few species in the tribe Crambini whose forewing has a pronounced falcate outer margin
See Also
Crambus quinquareatus forewing darker brown, and white stripe wider and extends to ST line
Crambus satrapellus forewing bicolored brown and yellow with white elliptical spot beyond end of white stripe