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Species Megalorhipida leucodactylus - Spiderling Plume Moth - Hodges#6104

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae
Tribe Platyptiliini
Genus Megalorhipida (Megalorhipida )
Species leucodactylus (Spiderling Plume Moth - Hodges#6104)
Hodges Number
6104
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Megalorhipida leucodactylus (Fabricius, 1794)
Pterophorus leucodactylus Fabricius, 1794
Pterophorus defectalis Walker, 1864
* phylogenetic sequence #182275
Size
Wingspan 12-18.5 mm (Matthews, 2008).
Larva to 10 mm (Matthews, 2008).
Pupa to 8 mm (Matthews, 2008).
Food
Larvae feed on plants in the four o'clock family (Nyctaginaceae), most commonly the ovules of unripe fruits of spiderling, including scarlet spiderling (Boerhavia coccinea) and red spiderling (Boerhavia diffusa). In southern Florida they also skeletonize the leaves of burrowing four o'clock (Okenia hypogaea) (Matthews, 2008).
Print References
Matthews, D. L. 2008. The spiderling plume moth Megalorhipida leucodactylus (Fabricius) (Pterophoridae) in Florida and Texas. Southern Lepidopterists' News 30(4): 132-134, f.1-9 (PDF)
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