Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Donacaula longirostrallus (Clemens, 1860)

Family: Crambidae
Subfamily: Schoenobiinae
Identification: Forewing yellowish-brown with scattered speckling; 3 dark spots equally spaced parallel to inner margin; dark and diffuse oblique line from apex to most distal of 3 spots; another partial oblique line and spot in median area; terminal line composed of 7 or 8 dark dots; hindwing pale yellowish-white, translucent, with dark terminal line dots at apex; snout long, thick. [Randy Hardy]
Wing Span: 2.2-2.8 cm
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Range: Southern Ontario and New England south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Arkansas and Nebraska.
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Comments: A relatively distinctive Donacaula by forewing maculation; easily identified by male and female genitalia and possibly belonging in its own genus. However, DNA analysis indicates this species is actually part of a complex of at least five species.
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