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Species Elophila ekthlipsis - Nymphula Moth - Hodges#4747

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Classification
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 Acentropinae
Tribe Nymphulini
Genus Elophila
Species ekthlipsis (Nymphula Moth - Hodges#4747)
Hodges Number
4747
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nymphula ekthlipsis
originally placed in genus Hydrocampa
Numbers
the only species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
common in Algonquin Provincial Park and near Ottawa, Ontario
Size
wingspan 18-26 mm
Identification
Adult: wings deep yellow with large white patches rimmed by thick black lines; medial area of forewing has large white U-shaped patch, with the base of the "U" touching the costa, and another large oval patch touching the inner margin; hindwing has broad white medial band crossing wing, and large oval patch touching costa; all wings have white subterminal band and yellow terminal band, both edged in black
Range
Great Lakes area: Internet records from southern Quebec and Ontario, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin
Habitat
larvae develop in wet areas around ponds or marshes, and are reported to live in an oblong case on sedges; adults are found nearby and are attracted to light
Season
adults fly from June to August
Food
larvae probably feed on Yellow Pond-lily (Nuphar lutea) and bur-reed (Sparganium spp.), as do larvae of a "sister species" in Europe, Nymphula stagnata
See Also
some other members of the subfamily Nymphulinae are superficially similar (compare images of related species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Print References
Dombroskie, Jason. 2005. Checklist of Moths of Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario.
Internet References
live adult images plus description and flight dates (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
Moth Photographers Group - live adult and pinned images
pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
larval foodplants and live adult images of a related European species Nymphula stagnata (Markku Savela, FUNET)
live adult image of the European N. stagnata, called Beautiful China-mark in Europe (Ian Kimber, UK Moths)