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Species Spoladea recurvalis - Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5170

Hawaiian Beet Moth - Spoladea recurvalis Moth - Spoladea recurvalis Unknown moth on Lantana - Spoladea recurvalis Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5170 - Spoladea recurvalis unidentified lepidopteran - Spoladea recurvalis Brown Butterfly with distinct white wing bar on Creosote Blossom - Spoladea recurvalis What type of moth? - Spoladea recurvalis Spoladea recurvalis - Beet Webworm Moth - Spoladea recurvalis
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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 Spoladea
Species recurvalis (Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5170)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Hawaiian Beet Webworm
Spinach Moth (in Namibia, Africa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spoladea recurvalis (Fabricius) 1794
Orig. Comb: Phalaena recurvalis Fabricius, 1775
Hymenia recurvalis (Fabricius)
* phylogenetic sequence #154600
Explanation of Names
recurvalis: may refer to the recurved "tooth" at the tip of the white median band on the forewing which resembles an angler's fish-hook
The only species in this genus in North America.
wingspan 19-21 mm
larva to 25 mm
Adult: forewing dark brown or gray with broad white median band beginning at inner margin and terminating in "fish-hook" shape before reaching costa; broad white PM band beginning at costa and terminating part-way across wing, with three white spots beyond it; fringe of both wings with dark and light patches
hindwing dark brown with broad white median band across wing; band is fairly straight with smooth margins outlined in black

Larva: body brownish-green with sparse white hairs; thin black dorsal line, broad dark subdorsal stripes, and paler yellowish sides and bottom
mostly e US to c CA - Map (MPG)
Also occurs in Hawaii, the Neotropics, and Australia, Africa, southeast Asia
gardens, fields, waste places
mostly Aug-Nov, but yr round in FL (BG data)
larvae feed on beets, chard, spinach, and various weeds such as Amaranthus and Chenopodium species
In Europe it is a migratory species. Adults have been observed in England, but not larvae.
See Also
Spotted Beet Webworm Moth (Hymenia perspectalis) has thinner and less sharp white bands on forewing, median band lacks fish-hook shape, and hindwing band is toothed and bulges outward in middle.
Print References
Fabricius, J. C. 1775: Systema entomologicae, sistens insectorum classes, ordines, genera, species, adjectis synonymis, locis, descriptionibus, observationibus. – Kortii, Flensburgi et Lipsiae. 644.
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. p.179, pl.23.37 (1)
Internet References
pinned adult image - Bruce Walsh, Moths of Southeastern Arizona
live larva image - Alton Sparks, U. of Georgia,
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.