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801302.00 – 5216   Diaphania costata (Fabricius, 1775)

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Field Marks:
The cross vein near the middle of the costal margin is straight and outwardly obtuse, not outwardly concave as in Palpita.
Genitalia: See Hayden et al., (2017).
Similar Species:
  • Palpita flegia - See Hayden et al. (2017).
  • Palpita kimballi - See Hayden & Buss (2013) and Hayden et al. (2017).
  • Palpita persimilis - See Hayden & Buss (2013).
  • Palpita quadristigmalis - See Hayden & Buss (2013).
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Phalaena costata Fabricius, 1775
Margarodes aurocostalis Guenée, 1854
Margarodes imitalis Guenée, 1854
Taxonomic Notes: Diaphania costata (Fabricius, 1794) was transferred from the genus Stemorrhages in Munroe (1995), ZooKeys, 535: 32
  • 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:AAA5817
  • Fabricius, J.C., 1775. Systema Entomologiae, 1775: 638.
  • Hayden, J.E., E.R. Hoebeke, M.A. Bertone and V.A. Brou, Jr, 2017. Diaphania costata (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae), a Commonly Misidentified Pest of Ornamental Apocynaceae in the Southern United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 119(2): 173- 190.
  • Scholtens, B.G. & M.A. Solis, 2015. Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America North of Mexico. ZooKeys, 535: 1-136.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
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