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specimens AM20080629.003 - .006
 
specimens AM20080629.003 - .006
  
''Pyrausta'' sp., possibly ''acrionalis'' (Family Crambidae)  
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This is ''Pyrausta phoenicealis'' (Family Crambidae)<br>  
See<br>  
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See http://bugguide.net/node/view/124959 for a matching image.<br>
http://bugguide.net/node/view/9722/bgpage<br>
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http://www.origins.tv/MothPhotographersGroup/Files/Live/Living24b.htm
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According to Zimmerman(2001) "''Pyrausta'' has 11 species with western Pacific affinities", so this may be one of those rare cases where an island endemic has become an agricultural pest.
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Swezey 1946 reports that this moth was collected for the first time on Guam in 1936.  Specimens were reared from ''Elaphantopus'' and a weed of the mint family.
 
===Reference===
 
===Reference===
[http://books.google.com/books?id=XPkaXtydcbUC Google Books]
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'''Swezey, O. H. 1946.''' Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Arctiidae, and Pyralidae of Guam. In Insects of Guam II. Bulletin 189. Bishop Museum.
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Insects of Hawaii: Manual of the Insects of the Hawaiian Islands,
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Including an Enumeration of the Species and Notes on
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Their Origins, Distribution, Hosts, Parasites, Etc
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By Elwood C. Zimmerman
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Contributor Elwood C. Zimmerman, James K. Liebherr
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Published by University of Hawaii Press, 2001
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ISBN 082482427X, 9780824824273
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206 pages
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</pre>
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Revision as of 21:59, 21 April 2009

moth BL 2.7 mm

specimens AM20080629.003 - .006

This is Pyrausta phoenicealis (Family Crambidae)
See http://bugguide.net/node/view/124959 for a matching image.

Swezey 1946 reports that this moth was collected for the first time on Guam in 1936. Specimens were reared from Elaphantopus and a weed of the mint family.

Reference

Swezey, O. H. 1946. Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Arctiidae, and Pyralidae of Guam. In Insects of Guam II. Bulletin 189. Bishop Museum.