White-headed Grape Leaffolder Moth Desmia maculalis Westwood, 1831Synonyms: Hodges #5160.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Crambidae   >   Genus Desmia   

Description:

Very difficult to distinguish from Desmia funeralis. See BugGuide reference.

"A significant white spot on the head is, according to the Covell Field Guide, a characteristic mark of Desmia maculalis. Brian Scholtens informs me that this is not a reliable character and that two species (D. maculalis and D. funeralis) cannot be distinguished in typical dorsal view photos. It would be necessary to see mouth parts at high magnification or examine genitalia to make specific determinations. It is best to consider photos of these species as representing a species group" (Bob Patterson, MPG).

There are 22 records in the project database.

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A White-headed Grape Leaffolder Moth in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/22/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

White-headed Grape Leaffolder Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (7/24/2013). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A White-headed Grape Leaffolder Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (8/9/2017). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

A White-headed Grape Leaffolder Moth collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/16/2001). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A White-headed Grape Leaffolder Moth in Cecil Co., Maryland (6/26/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)


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