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Species Melitara apicigrammella - Hodges#5971.3

Melitara apicigrammella - Hodges #5971.3 - Melitara apicigrammella - male
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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 Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
No Taxon (Cactus-Feeding Group)
Genus Melitara (Pricklypear Borer)
Species apicigrammella (Melitara apicigrammella - Hodges#5971.3)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melitara apicigrammella Blanchard & Knudson, 1985 (1)
Blanchard & Knudson (1985) listed the forewing length: (1)
♂ 10.4-11.8 mm.
♀ 10.1-12 mm.
The only Melitara with short black longitudinal lines in the terminal area of the forewing. The other species have black dots in the terminal area. (2)
The species is only known from Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, and Terrell County, Texas. (3), (2)
Adults have been collected April to June, and August-September. (2)
Blanchard & Knudson (1985) did not mention a host plant. Many of the Melitara are cactus feeders.
See Also
Compare on the pinned plates of Moth Photographers Group. (4)
Print References
Blanchard, A. & E.C. Knudson, 1985. New species of Phycitinae (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) from Texas, with description of a new genus. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 87: 231, figs. 1-7. (1)
Neunzig, H.H., 1997. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 15.4: p. 56; pl. 2.8. (2)
Works Cited
1.New species of phycitinae (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) from Texas, with description of a new genus
André Blanchard & Edward C. Knudson. 1985. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 87:231-238.
2.The Moths of North America north of Mexico. Fascicle 15.4. Pyraloidea, Pyralidae, Phycitinae (part)
H. H. Neunzig. 1997. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
3.Insect species described from Big Bend National Park
Arnold F. Van Pelt. 2002. Insecta Mundi, 16(1-3): 125-145.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group