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Genus Neodactria

Mottled Grass-veneer - Neodactria luteolellus Neodactria zeellus - Hodges#5380 - Neodactria zeellus Neodactria zeellus ? - Neodactria Neodactria - male Pyralid June 23 - Neodactria moth - Neodactria Pennsylvania Moth - Neodactria luteolellus Neodactria caliginosellus
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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 Neodactria
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly Crambus (in part); the genus was described in 1995 by Landry, who distinguished it from other members of the genus Crambus
8 species in North America, 5 of them listed at All-Leps, and 3 new species described or mentioned in this PDF doc by Landry and Brown in 2005
wingspan 13-31 mm
Adult: forewing color varies according to species, from pale tan to brown, gray, or blackish, usually with indistinct PM and subterminal lines; mouthparts extend forward from head to form a long snout, as in other members of the tribe; hindwing pale gray to dark brown, and more than twice as broad as forewing
most of United States and southern Canada
grassy areas
The three recently-described species of Neodactria are oktibbeha, which is endemic to Mississippi, daemonis, which occurs only in Arkansas and Missouri, and glenni, of which no distribution information was found on the Internet.
Print References
Landry, B. and R.L. Brown. 2005. Two new species of Neodactria Landry (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Crambinae) from the United States of America. Zootaxa 1081: 1-16.
Internet References
pinned adult images of 3 species by Jim Vargo: luteolella, caliginosella, zeellus - listed as Crambus species (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image of N. luteolella by Charles Bird, plus other info (Strickland Entomological Museum, U. of Alberta)
description of two new North American species; PDF doc (Bernard Landry and Richard L. Brown, Zootaxa, 2005,