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Genus Parachma

Moth - Parachma ochracealis Parachma Moth - Hodges #5538 - Parachma ochracealis Arta epicoenalis, Hodges 5567 ? - Parachma ochracealis Hodges #5538 - Parachma ochracealis Parachma Moth - Hodges #5538 - Parachma ochracealis moth - Parachma ochracealis moth - Parachma ochracealis Parachma Moth - Parachma ochracealis
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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 Chrysauginae
Genus Parachma
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
the species formerly known as Parachma tarachodes was transferred to a new genus (Basacallis) in 1984 by Cashatt, who also synonymized P. borregalis with P. ochracealis at that time
1 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 13-23 mm
Adult: forewing variably yellowish-brown, reddish-brown, yellowish-gray, or grayish-brown; AM and PM lines pale yellow, almost straight; terminal line dark reddish-brown; fringe pale yellow; hindwing light to medium orangish-brown, often darker than forewing; fringe pale yellow; at rest, wings are held parallel to the substrate, not roof-like over the abdomen; legs are held at right-angles from the body, displaying heavy scale tufts on mid and hindtibiae
specimens in the southeast are usually darker, more reddish, and smaller; western specimens are usually paler, more yellowish, and larger; specimens along the gulf coast tend to be grayish-brown, but there is a continuous gradation of color and size among and between all forms
southern United States, west to Arizona, north in the east to coastal plain of Maryland (see distribution map on page 6 of PDF doc)
adults fly from March to September in the south; July in Maryland
larval food and habits unknown
Print References
Cashatt, Everett D. 1984. Revision of the genus Parachma Walker (Pyralidae: Chrysauginae) of North America north of Mexico with description of a new genus. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 38(4): 268-280. [see link to PDF doc below]
Internet References
4 pinned adult images and collection site map (All-Leps)
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image by John Glaser, plus dates (Larry Line, Maryland)
description of species; PDF doc plus photos and drawings, collection dates and localities, distribution map, references (Everett Cashatt, Illinois State Museum)