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Species Syngamia florella - Red-waisted Florella Moth - Hodges#5284

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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 Spilomelinae
Genus Syngamia
Species florella (Red-waisted Florella Moth - Hodges#5284)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Orange-spotted Flower Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syngamia florella (Stoll)
Phalaena florella Stoll 1781
Syngamia florella is the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico. . (1)
Wingspan about 15 mm.
Dark brown with yellow patches on front and hind wings. Dark stripe down center of yellow head and thorax. Red abdomen with two narrow bluish bands across rear end. Flies rapidly but short distance when disturbed, tends to settle on underside of foliage.
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include South Carolina(2) to Florida(3), Arkansas to Texas; West Indies; Mexico to Argentina; Bermuda. (4)
Heppner (2003) reported January to December in Florida. (5), (4)
The main flight period is July to December in the remainder of the range. (6)
Heppner (2003) listed three larval host plants. (4)
Borreria brachysepala (Rubiaceae)
Spermacoce laevis (Rubiaceae)
S. tetraquetra (Rubiaceae)
Syngamia florella is a diurnal moth but is often attracted to lights.
Print References
Stoll, 1781. In: P. Cramer's Uitlandsche Kapellen 4: 114.
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.South Carolina Moth Species
3.Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Florida
4.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
5.The Lepidoptera of Florida: An Annotated Checklist.
Charles P. Kimball. 1965. Florida Dept. of Ag. Gainesville, FL. v + 363 pp.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems