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Species Acrobasis caryalbella - Hodges#5660

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
No Taxon (Acrobasis Group)
Genus Acrobasis
Species caryalbella (Acrobasis caryalbella - Hodges#5660)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acrobasis caryalbella Ely, 1913
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet for larval host of Carya spp.
There are more than 40 species of Acrobasis in America north of Mexico. (1)
Ely (1913) listed the wingspan 18 mm.
forewing length = 8.5-9.5 mm (2)
Ely (1913) original description available online in the print references.
Females are much darker than males.
Southeastern Canada, south to Tennessee and North Carolina. (1), (3)
Type locality: USA: Connecticut, East River.
Moth Photographers Group - large map with some distribution data.
The main flight period appears to be April to July. (1)
Carya spp. including: (3)
shagbark hickory, Carya ovata (Mill.) K. Koch
mockernut hickory, Carya alba (L.) Nutt.
pignut hickory, Carya glabra (Mill.) Sweet
Life Cycle
Detailed description of life cycle in PDF. (3)
See Also
Acrobasis palliolella is very similar however it is smaller at forewing length 7-8 mm, and the males have extensive pale shading of the head, thorax and basal area. (2)
Print References
Ely, C.R., 1913. Notes on the cocoons of some of the species in the genus Acrobasis, and descriptions of three new species from East River, Connecticut. Inscitiae Menstruus 1(5): p. (52)
Neunzig, H.H., 1986. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.2. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 50; pl. 5.11-13. (2)