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80a1279 – 5311   Rupela tinctella (Walker, 1863)

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Distribution: Florida, Heinrich (1937).
Type locality: Venezuela.
Field Marks:
Males are typically brown (rarely white) with veins 11 (R1) and 12 (Sc) separate. Females are sordid white to pure white (rarely pale brownish ocherous); the forewing with a yellowish tint. - Heinrich (1937)
Genitalia: See Heinrich (1937).
Similar Species:
  • 5310 Rupela segrega, requires dissection to separate from white form of tinctella.
  • 5312 Rupela sejuncta, requires dissection to separate from white form of tinctella.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Salapola tinctella Walker, 1863
Phalaena albinella of authors not Stoll, 1781
Scirpophaga holophaealis Hampson, 1904
Storteria unicolor Barnes & McDunnough, 1913
Scirpophaga zelleri Möschler, [1882]
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Heinrich, C., 1937. Moths of the genus Rupela (Pyralididae: Schoenobiinae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 84(3019): 368; pl. 24, figs. 9-9c; pl. 32, figs. 42, 43.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Rupela tinctella
© Gretchen Grammer
Rupela tinctella
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Rupela tinctella
– © Jim Vargo

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