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80a0958 – 5206   Diaphania infimalis (Guenée, 1854)

© Carol Wolf
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.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Phakellura infimalis Guenée, 1854
Taxonomic Notes: Diaphania infimalis (Guenée, 1854) was treated as extralimital 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 Hodges et al. (1983) (Checklist).
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • 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.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
Diaphania infimalis
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Diaphania infimalis
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Diaphania infimalis
© Carol Wolf
Diaphania infimalis
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Diaphania infimalis
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