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Crambidae
801299.005206Diaphania infimalis – (Guenée, 1854)

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Description/
Field Marks:
See Clavijo (1990).
Similar Species: 5205 Diaphania modialis (Dyar, 1912) - The type of infimalis is apparently lost and there is currently no consistent way to separate the two "species", see Brau (2017), South. Lepid. News 39: 157-158.
Taxonomic Notes: Diaphania infimalis (Guenée, 1854) was treated as extralimital to North America north of Mexico in Kimball (1965) with Diaphania infimalis modialis (Dyar, 1912) raised to full species status. Whether modialis was ever formally elevated to species is unclear and some authors continue to treat it as a subspecies. Both species are listed following Munroe's treatment in the Hodges 1983 Checklist.
References
  • Brou Jr., V.A. , 2017. Diaphania infimalis (Guene?e, 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 Hu?bner (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.
  • Species Page at BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data System
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Diaphania infimalis
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Diaphania infimalis
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Diaphania infimalis
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Diaphania infimalis
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