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Species Haimbachia placidellus - Peppered Haimbachia - Hodges#5489

Haimbachia placidella - Haimbachia placidellus Moth with pinpoint dots - Haimbachia placidellus Moth to porch light - Haimbachia placidellus Haimbachia placidellus Peppered Haimbachia - Haimbachia placidellus Haimbachia placidella - Haimbachia placidellus Peppered Haimbachia  - Haimbachia placidellus Peppered Haimbachia - Hodges#5489  - Haimbachia placidellus
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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 Haimbachiini
Genus Haimbachia
Species placidellus (Peppered Haimbachia - Hodges#5489)
Hodges Number
one of 10 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 17 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Adult: forewing pale tan or whitish with dark speckling; PM and subterminal lines variably distinct to faint; PM line thick, diffuse, V-shaped, slightly irregular; subterminal line double, relatively thick, somewhat blurred, runs parallel to outer margin in lower two-thirds of wing, then bends smoothly toward base before reaching costa; area beyond ST line with yellow scaling along veins (sometimes faint or not noticeable); terminal line thin, black, double, the more proximal line breaking into 3 or 4 black dots near inner margin; hindwing pale yellowish with darker terminal line; at rest, wings are held in a loose tent-like position over the abdomen, not wrapped tightly around the body as in many other genera in the subfamily Crambinae
eastern United States: New York and Massachusetts to South Carolina, west to Tennessee.
adults fly from May to at least July
larvae presumably feed on grasses
See Also
Haimbachia albescens and H. squamulella forewings have PM and subterminal lines that are relatively thin and sharp, not thick and blurred (see pinned adult images of albescens and squamulella by Larry Line, Maryland)
also see pinned adult images of related species by Jim Vargo at MPG
Print References
Haimbach, F. 1907. Two new species of Crambus and a new variety of Haematopsis grataria Fabricius. Entomological News. 18: 44.