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80a1453 – 5463   Argyria lacteella (Fabricius, 1794)
             Milky Urola Moth

© Alan Chin-Lee
Distribution: USA: FL.
Type locality (lacteella): "Americae meridionalis arboretis".
Lectotype (lacteella): “Americae insulis” [USA Virgin Island of Saint Croix; see Landry et al. (2023)].
Type locality (pusillalis, syn.): "Baltimora [Baltimore, MD]".
Type locality (abronalis): Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
Type locality (lusella): St. Thomas Island [USA Virgin Islands].
Type locality (vestalis): Jamaica.
Type locality (multifacta): Panama, Porto Bello.
Field Marks:
Labial palpi white dorsally; a subapical coastal dash is followed by a subapical triangle. Wingspan: 9.5-14 mm. (Landry et al. 2023).
Similar Species:
  • Argyria centrifugens Dyar, 1914 has labial palpi brown dorsally; a subapical coastal dash is followed by a subapical triangle. Wingspan: 16-19 mm. (Landry et al. 2023).
  • Argyria gonogramma Dyar, 1915 has labial palpi white dorsally; the subapical coastal dash is not followed by a subapical triangle. Wingspan: 10.5-13.5 mm. (Landry et al. 2023).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Tinea lacteella Fabricius, 1794
Zebronia?? abronalis Walker, 1859
Pyralis albana Fabricius, 1798, unnecessary replacement name.
Catharylla lusella Zeller, 1863
Argyria vestalis Butler, 1878
Argyria multifacta Dyar, 1914
Taxonomic Notes: Argyria lacteella (Fabricius, 1794) in the US is restricted to Florida and includes as synonyms lusella Zeller, 1863, vestalis Butler, 1878 and multifacta Dyar, 1914 in Landry et al. (2023).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAA0413 (lacteella (part))
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - BIN: BOLD:AAC0264 (lacteella (part))
  • Fabricius, J.C., 1794. Entomologica systematica emendata et aucta. Secundum classes, ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus. C.G. Proft et C.F. Mohr, Hafniae et Kiliae, 3(2): 313.
  • Landry, B., J. Bilat, J. Hayden, M.A. Solis, D.C. Lees, N. Alvarez, T. Léger & J. Gauthier, 2023. The identity of Argyria lacteella (Fabricius, 1794) (Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Crambinae), synonyms, and related species revealed by morphology and DNA capture in type specimens. ZooKeys, 1146: 1-42.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Argyria lacteella
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Argyria lacteella
LG – © Bernard Landry

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