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Species Astala confederata - Hodges#0443

Astala confederata - Hodges #0443 - Astala confederata Unknown Bagworm - Astala confederata - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Psychidae (Bagworm Moths)
Subfamily Psychinae
Genus Astala
Species confederata (Astala confederata - Hodges#0443)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Mini Bagworm
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Astala confederata (Grote & Robinson, 1868)
Psyche confederata Grote & Robinson, 1868
Astala includes three species in America, north of Mexico.
♂ wingspan 16-20 mm
♀ length 7-10 mm
The larval case (bag shelter) is 15-20 mm. (1)
The forewing scales are a broader, oblanceolate shape compared to the thinner shape of the other species.
Scattered records throughout eastern North America, west to about the 100th meridian. (2), (3)
Adults are most common from April to October. (2)
The larval host plants of Stipa leucotricha, (Texas spear grass), and Sorghum halepense L. (Johnson grass), have been reported in Texas.
Davis (1964) reported they are probably a general feeder on various grasses (Gramineae). (1)
Astala confederata is the type species for the genus.
See Also
Compare on the plates of Moth Photographers Group.
Print References
Davis, D.R. 1964. Bagworm Moths of the Western Hemisphere (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) . Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 244: 75, figs. 20, 81, 160, 178, 211, 264, 264a, 305, 336, 375; map 4. (1)