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Species Oxyelophila callista - Hodges#4788

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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 Acentropinae
Genus Oxyelophila
Species callista (Oxyelophila callista - Hodges#4788)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oxyelophila callista (Forbes, 1922) (1)
Argyractis callista Forbes, 1922
One named species of Oxyelophila in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Wingspan average 13 mm(3), forewing about 6 mm.(4)
Original description is online as Argyractis callista in Forbes 1922, p. 102.
Forewing strongly falcate; much of forewing white; PM line makes a deep graceful outward loop off of costa, then recurves to inner margin. Abdomen has black transverse band on the base of the second segment which has a gap or thinning in the middle.
Originally described from New Braunfels, Texas. Found near streams in the eastern and southern margins of the Texas Hill Country from Comal County west to Val Verde County (BugGuide, MPG, SCAN).
Larvae are aquatic.(3)(5)
Records span February to October, with probable emergences in Spring, mid-Summer, and Fall (BugGuide, MPG, BOLD, SCAN).
This species is listed among Texas' "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (6)
See Also
Unlikely to be confused with other North American species.
Some Petrophila species may appear similar but are much browner and lack the graceful PM loop on the forewings.
Print References
Forbes, W. T. M. 1922. Five strange Lepidoptera (Oinophilidae, Noctuidae, Gelechiidae). Entomological News, Vol. 33(4): 102. (read online or download PDF)(3)