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801298.005205Diaphania modialis – (Dyar, 1912)
Distribution Data for Diaphania modialis
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Field Marks:
See Clavijo (1990).
Similar Species: 5206 Diaphania infimalis (Guenée, 1854) - The type of infimalis is apparently lost and consequently cannot be compared to the type of modialis. There is currently no consistent way to separate the two "species", see Brau (2017), South. Lepid. News 39: 157-158. Collection data and images for both are shown on the species page for infimalis.
Taxonomic Notes: Diaphania modialis (Dyar, 1912), originally described as a subspecies of 5206 Diaphania inifmalis (Guenée, 1854) was apparently first treated as a full species in Kimball (1965), p. 209, on recommendation by Capps. Whether modialis was ever formally elevated to species is unclear and some authors continue to treat it as a subspecies. The name is retained here as a full species following Munroe's treatment in the Hodges 1983 Checklist.
  • Kimball, C.P., 1965. Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas, Vol. 1: Lepidoptera of Florida. Florida Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, Gainesville, FL., 363 pp..
  • Species Page at BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data System
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Brou Jr., V.A. , 2017. Diaphania infimalis (Guenée, 1854) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Louisiana. Southern Lepidopterists' News, 39: 157-158.
  • Clavijo, A.J.A., 1990. Systematics of black and white species of the genus Diaphania Hübner (1818) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Pyraustinae). Dissertation: Montreal, Canada McGill Univ., 1-215.
  • Dyar, H.G., 1912. Some Lepidoptera from Mexico. Pomona College Journal of Entomology, 4(2): 747.
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