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Species Hymenia perspectalis - Spotted Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5169

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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 Hymenia
Species perspectalis (Spotted Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5169)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hymenia perspectalis (Hübner, 1796)
Pyralis perspectalis Hübner, 1796
Desmia rhinthonalis Walker, 1859
Hymenia phrasiusalis Walker, 1859
Spoladea exportalis Guenée, 1854
Spoladea spilotalis Saalmüller, 1880
Zinckenia primordialis Zeller, 1852
Hymenia perspectalis is the only member of the genus in America north of Mexico. (1)
Wingspan 16-22 mm.
Adult: cinnamon-brown with narrow white bands on forewing; median band broken, very narrow toward inner margin; hindwing median band complete, with outward bulge at midpoint; wing bands may be dark (brownish or grayish-yellow) in some individuals; fringe of both wings with dark and light patches
Larva: green with purple dots on head
Heppner (2003) reported the range to include Maine to Florida, Michigan to Texas. (2)
Moth Photographers Group includes New Mexico and Arizona. (3)
Also found in other parts of the world (introduced?)
The adults are most common the months of May to November. (3)
Heppner (2003) reported January to December in Florida. (2)
Larvae feed on beets, chard, potatoes, Amaranth, and various greenhouse plants.
Heppner (2003) has many host plants listed. (2)
Type locality: Great Britain, England
See Also
Spoladea recurvalis has broader and sharper white bands on forewing, with the median band ending in a fish-hook shape, and the hindwing band is smooth-margined (not toothed) and doesn't bulge outward in the middle.
Print References
Hübner, J. 1796–1833 [imprint "1796"] d: Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge. 6. Horde. Die Zünsler; nach der Natur geordnet, beschrieben und vorgestellt (continued by C. Geyer). – Augsburg. 18, pl. 16 fig. 101.
Walker, F. 1859 d: Pyralides. – List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, London 19: 932, 944.
Internet References
live adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
pinned adult image of dark specimen (James Adams, Dalton State College, Georgia)
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.Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas: Lepidoptera of Florida
J.B. Heppner. 2003. Florida Department of Agriculture 17(1): 1-670.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems