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Species Mimoschinia rufofascialis - Rufous-banded Crambid - Hodges#4826

Rufous-Banded Pyralid - Mimoschinia rufofascialis Moth - Mimoschinia rufofascialis Hodges #4826 – Mimoschinia rufofascialis – Rufous-banded Crambid Moth ? - Mimoschinia rufofascialis Rufous-banded Crambid - Mimoschinia rufofascialis unknown moth - Mimoschinia rufofascialis moth - Mimoschinia rufofascialis Rufous-banded Crambid - Mimoschinia rufofascialis Small moth on mud - Mimoschinia rufofascialis
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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
Tribe Eurrhypini
Genus Mimoschinia
Species rufofascialis (Rufous-banded Crambid - Hodges#4826)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Barberpole Caterpillar (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mimoschinia rufofascialis (Stephens, 1834)
Ennychia rufofascialis Stephens, 1834
Many synonyms
* phylogentic sequence #145325
Explanation of Names
rufo (rufous-colored) + fascia (bands); refers to the reddish-colored bands on the forewing, and is the origin of the common name Rufous-banded Crambid.
Forewing length 6-11 mm.(2)
Larva - strikingly beautiful. General body color is white, front half wine-red with partial bands of that color posteriorly. Rather like a barberpole, as its commom name suggests. Head is light yellow (adapted from Heinrich, 1921).
Ontario; Alberta and British Columbia, south to Texas, west to California (E.H. Strickland Museum).
Adults fly April to June in the mountains and coastal areas, August to September in deserts.(2)
Larva is a seed-feeder of various Malvaceous plants. Heinrich reported them on Indian mallow (Abutilon), false mallow (Malvastrum), wissadula (Wissadula), fanpetals (Sida). Powell & Opler add holleyhock (Alcea) and mallow (Malvella).(2)
Larvae are host for the braconid wasp Bracon mellitor. (3)
Print References
Heinrich, C. 1921. Some Lepidoptera likely to be confused with the pink bollworm. Journal Agricultural Research 20(11): 829. (4)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.21.51, 21.52; p.171 (2)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Six new hosts of Bracon mellitor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), with a review of recorded hosts
P. Glynn Tillman, James R. Cate. 1989. Environmental Entomology 18(2): 328-333.
4.Some Lepidoptera Likely To Be Confused with the Pink Bollworm
Heinrich, Carl. 1921. Journal of Agricultural Research. v. 20, no. 10, pp. 820-821.