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Species Petrophila kearfottalis - Kearfott's Petrophila - Hodges#4773

Moth - Petrophila kearfottalis moth with black dots - Petrophila kearfottalis Crambid - Petrophila kearfottalis Petrophila 9.14.18 - Petrophila kearfottalis Petrophila kearfottalis Hodges#4773 - Petrophila kearfottalis Petrophila kearfottalis Petrophila kearfottalis
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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 Acentropinae
Tribe Argyractini
Genus Petrophila
Species kearfottalis (Kearfott's Petrophila - Hodges#4773)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1906 by Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. as Elophila bifascialis ab. kearfottalis (ab. for "aberration" isn't a recognized taxonomic rank). William Barnes & James Halliday McDonnough listed it in their 1917 checklist as Cataclysta kearfottalis, which is considered the official first publication.
Listed in some sources as Parargyactis kearfottalis.
* phylogenetic sequence # 143950
Explanation of Names
Named for American entomologist William Dunham Kearfott.
w. N. Amer. - Map - (MPG)
Appears in lists of aquatic moths
The Hind wing has a white background and a light circular black line near the black fringe line. My [A. Hendrickson] wing length measurement was 8-9 mm.
Internet References
Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 1906 v.14, p.92 Dyar's original description (Google Books).