|scientific name Chortodes |
The genus Chortodes was until recently comprised of 10 European species. A number of North American species in the genera Hypocoena Hampson and Xylomoia Stgr. have since been transferred into Chortodes. However, it appears that this is only a temporary solution and some or all the North American species will be moved to new genera once more work on the group has been done. Chortodes are small to medium-sized stout moths with deep vesiture (“furry-looking”). They are reportedly local in occurrence and not strongly attracted to light (Forbes, 1954). At present, 5 North American species are placed in Chortodes; 4 occur in Alberta.
For the most part the larvae are borers in grasses and other plants in wet or mesic habitats.
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