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Species Argyria nummulalis - Hodges#5460

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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 Crambinae (Crambine Snout Moths)
Tribe Argyriini
Genus Argyria
Species nummulalis (Argyria nummulalis - Hodges#5460)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Argyria nummulalis Hübner, 1818
Bob Patterson notes from Richard Brown at Mississippi Entomological Museum.
"We have been calling these A. rufisignella in error, just pointed out to me by Richard Brown at Miss. Entomol. Museum. A rufisignella lacks the substantial brown edge along the inner margin. It has a few fine striations along the costa near the apex (clearing lacking in this photo). It is also quite uncommon to rare."
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include Pennsylvania to Florida, Illinois to Texas. (1)
The main flight period is May to September. (2)
Heppner (2003) reported adults year round in Florida. (1)
Heppner (2003) reported the host is grass species (Gramineae).
See Also
Argyria lineella forewing has small dark spots

Snowy Urola (Urola nivalis) forewing lacks orange strip along inner margin

both of the above species have a white head and palps.
Print References
Hübner, 1818. Zutr. Samml. exot. Schmett. 1: p. 30; pl.32, figs 185, 186.
Martinez, E.L. & R.L. Brown, 2007. Argyriini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with a redescription of Argyria rufisignella (Zeller). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 61(2). (3)
Works Cited
1.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Argyriini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with a redescription of Argyria rufisignella (Zeller)
Edda L. Martinez, Richard L. Brown. 2007. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 61(2): 78-83.
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