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Species Elasmopalpus lignosella - Lesser Cornstalk Borer - Hodges#5896

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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 Elasmopalpus
Species lignosella (Lesser Cornstalk Borer - Hodges#5896)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elasmopalpus lignosella (Zeller, 1848)
Pempelia lignosella (Zeller, 1848)
Elasmopalpus angustellus (Blanchard, 1852)
Luginbill & Ainslie (1917) reported the wingspan 17-22 mm.
Larva to 16 mm
Pupa 8.2 mm
Cocoon 15.9 mm
Adult - sexually dimorphic. Males are tan with dark streaks along the costa and inner margin. The tan coloring is reduced to a longitudinal stripe in the females and they have much more dark scaling. Some females are basically black with red scaling at the base of the forewing. (1)
Eastern and southwestern United States and south throughout South America.
Can be abundant in cultivated fields with poor soils.
Luginbill & Ainslie (1917) stated the larvae feed on grasses and a variety of commercial crops including beans, corn (a serious pest), cowpeas, peanuts, sorghum, sugar cane, turnips, wheat.
Life Cycle
Luginbill & Ainslie (1917) describe life cycle in PDF
Print References
Luginbill, P. & G.G. Ainslie 1917. The lesser corn stalk-borer. USDA Bulletin 539: 1-27. PDF
Neunzig, H.H. 2003. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.5. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation., p. 232; plate 9, figs. 9-10. (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. plate 26, fig. 2; p. 193. (1)