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Genus Condylolomia

Drab Condylolomia - Condylolomia participalis 5571, Condylolomia participalis, Drab Condylolomia - Condylolomia participalis Drab Condylolomia - Condylolomia participalis Moth - Condylolomia participalis Condylolomia participalis - female Hypsopygia olinalis - Condylolomia participalis Drab Condylolomia - Condylolomia participalis Drab Condylolomia - Condylolomia participalis - female
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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Chrysauginae
Genus Condylolomia
Explanation of Names
a condyloma is a wart-like growth on the skin; from the Greek "kondylos" (a knob, knuckle) + "omos" (raw, like a tumor); probably refers to the raised oblong "growth" along the costa of the forewing, present in many adults
Numbers
1 species in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan 12-15 mm, based on photos by Jim Vargo and Larry Line
Identification
Adult: distinguishing feature (absent in some individuals) is a raised oblong "growth" along forewing costa in antemedial area; forewing dull yellowish-brown or gray, sometimes suffused with red or pinkish-purple; AM and PM lines dark, diffuse, indistinct; PM line bordered distally by dull yellowish line, most noticeable at costa; hindwing brownish-gray with thin dark terminal line
Range
southern Quebec to North Carolina, west to Nebraska and Minnesota
Habitat
bogs and swamps where the presumed foodplant grows; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly in June and July
Food
larvae have been found inside rolled leaftips of Sweet Gale (Myrica gale), the presumed foodplant [based on an Internet "medicinal plants" source on 15 August 2006, but no longer available]
Internet References
live and pinned adult images by various photographers, plus common name reference (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images and common name coinage (Bob Patterson, Maryland)
pinned adult images and collection site map showing presence in Quebec (All-Leps)
pinned adult image plus photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in North Carolina/Tennessee; list (Great Smoky Mountains Lepidoptera Checklist, discoverlife.org)
presence in Nebraska; list state record by Neil Dankert on 9 July 1998; search on genus "Condylolomia" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
presence in Minnesota; list (Insects of Cedar Creek, U. of Minnesota)
medicinal use of Sweet Gale (Myrica gale) as "a wash for boils and pimples" among other uses (Eleanor Viereck, U. of Alaska at Fairbanks)
medicinal use of Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) as a treatment for skin sores and ulcers (innvista.com)