Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
(Forbes, 1922) (1)
Argyractis callista Forbes, 1922
One named species of Oxyelophila
in America north of Mexico. (1)
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).
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)
Unlikely to be confused with other North American species.
species may appear similar but are much browner and lack the graceful PM loop on the forewings.
Forbes, W. T. M. 1922. Five strange Lepidoptera (Oinophilidae, Noctuidae, Gelechiidae). Entomological News, Vol. 33(4): 102
. (read online or download PDF)(3)