Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Mimoschinia rufofascialis (Stephens, 1834)
Ennychia rufofascialis Stephens, 1834
* 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.
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
), false mallow
). Powell & Opler add holleyhock
) and mallow
Larvae are host for the braconid wasp Bracon mellitor
Heinrich, C. 1921. Some Lepidoptera likely to be confused with the pink bollworm. Journal Agricultural Research 20(11): 829
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. pl.21.51, 21.52; p.171 (2)