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Species Melitara subumbrella - Hodges#5973

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Classification
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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Melitara (Pricklypear Borer)
Species subumbrella (Melitara subumbrella - Hodges#5973)
Hodges Number
5973
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melitara subumbrella (Dyar, 1925)
Olyca subumbrella Dyar, 1925
Olycella nephelepasa (Dyar, 1928)
Olycella subumbrella, (Heinrich, 1939)
Size
Wingspan 35-52 mm.
Identification
Larvae are white with pale purple cross-bands.(1)
Range
Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan to southern Arizona and central Texas.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
Type locality: Carlsbad, NM.
Habitat
Dry desert.
Season
The main flight period is March to October. (2)
Food
Larval host is Opuntia spp. (prickly-pear cacti).(1)
Life Cycle
Eggs are deposited in a stick shaped pile on cactus pods and fruits. The larvae bore into the pads where they complete the life cycle. (1)
Print References
Dyar, H.G., 1925. Insecutor Inscitiae Menstruus, 13: 14.
Dyar, H.G., 1928. Notes on cactus moths allied to Melitara, with two new genera and one new species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 30: 134. (3)
Heinrich, C., 1939. The cactus-feeding Phycitinae: A contribution toward a revision of the American pyralidoid moths of the family Phycitidae. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 86: 347. (4)
Neunzig, H.H., 1997. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation. p. 58; pl. 3, figs. 19-20, 34.(1)
Works Cited
1.The Moths of North America north of Mexico. Fascicle 15.4. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae, Phycitinae (part)
H. H. Neunzig. 1997. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Notes on cactus moths allied to Melitara, with two new genera and one new species
Harrison G. Dyar. 1928. Proceedings of The Entomological Society of Washington, 30: 133-137.
4.The cactus-feeding Phycitinae: A contribution toward a revision of the American Pyralidoid moths of the family Phycitidae
Carl Heinrich. 1939. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 86(3053): 331-413.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems