Mathildana newmanella

Newman’s Mathildana
Mathildana newmanella

POHL: 42-0055
MONA: 1059

Identification:
Head: Smooth, brassy purplish-black. Palpi orange; very long and curved over head; underside scaled; last segment with some brown.
Antenna: Brassy purplish-black; thicker at base. Last 8 segments white.
Thorax: Brassy purplish-black
Wings: Brassy purplish-black with a diagonal break in orange stripe from base to past mid-wing. Fringe gray. Orange stripes lighter to absent in southern populations.
Hindwings oval, dark gray.
Legs: Shiny, brassy purplish-black with white patches.
Abdomen: Lighter purplish-black, underside brassy.

Size: 7 to 9 mm. Wingspan 15 to 18 mm.

Habitat: Forests and apple trees (dead wood).

Food: Bracket fungus, rotting wood, debris.

Flight Time: June to July.

Life Cycle: Larva feed in webs under the bark of dead trees and in bracket fungus. Adults are day-flying.

Comments: Ontario – Common from Long Point, Toronto, Georgian Bay. Recorded twice in Essex County in Leamington on June 8, 1929 and at Point Pelee National Park on July 22, 1927. Also in Quebec.

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Epicallima argenticinctella

Orange-headed Epicallima
Epicallima argenticinctella

POHL: 42-0041
MONA: 1046

Identification:
Head: Orange. Palpi curved up over head; dark except last segment white with a brown ring at center. Large eyes.
Antenna: Silvery-white, ringed with black.
Thorax: Orange.
Wings: Yellowish with 2 wide dark orange patches outlined in silver and black.  1st patch extends across base of wing; 2nd patch semi-circular from about mid-wing to anal angle. White slanted streak from 2nd patch to costa edge. Oblong silver spots along wing tips. Fringe long, yellowish like wing, except a small brownish patch near anal angle. Hindwings and fringe grayish-brown.
Legs: All segments dark brown with white tips. Hind leg somewhat lighter brown. Long white spurs.
Abdomen: Gray-brown.

Similar Species: Decantha borkhausenii has brown background on wings and brown head.

Size: 6 to 7 mm long. Wingspan 11 to 12 mm.

Habitat: Deciduous forests.

Food: Dead wood and bark of hickory, larch, elder and elm.

Flight Time: May to August.

Range: Eastern half of U.S., Texas, Oklahoma, N. Dakota and Canada.

Life Cycle: Larvae arctic species usually are found in dead wood, where they probably feed on fungus. Little is known of the specific habits of these larvae, and some of the species apparently never have been reared. Larva has been reared on corn plants; found under bark of elm and elder trees in the wild. Also have been reared from rotting Maple logs.

Comments: Essex County – Point Pelee insect list.

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