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Subfamily Odontiinae

Pyralid - Noctueliopsis bububattalis Yellow-veined Moth - Microtheoris ophionalis Microtheoris ophionalis Odontiinae? Crambid moth - Noctueliopsis rhodoxanthinalis Arizona Moth - Edia semiluna Pseudoschinia elautalis? - Pseudoschinia elautalis Jativa castanealis? - Jativa castanealis Crambid Snout Moth - Microtheoris ophionalis
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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 Odontiinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Guenée, 1854
Unencumbered by phylogenetic analysis, this group has the distinction of having received the most extreme generic splitting of any Nearctic lepidopteran lineage, even butterflies, with 30 genera to accommodate 53 species in our area. (1) (2)
The group is most numerous and diverse in eremic habitats where the moths are often diurnal. The larvae of Odontiini are generally leaf miners, while those of Eurhypiini are leaf folders, flower and bud feeders, and fruit and stem borers. Odontiine larvae use a wide range of host plants, but mostly Dicotyledonae. Male odontiines have a semi-membraneous uncus which is broad and distally bilobed, and the valva is more or less broadly rounded at the apex. (3)
Print References
Solis, M. Alma (2007) Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) (read online)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico
Scholtens, B.G., Solis, A.M. 2015. ZooKeys 535: 1–136. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.535.6086.
3.Global Information System on Pyraloidea (GlobIZ)