|scientific name Archanara |
Archanara is a holarctic genus containing 9 species, 5 European and 4 North American. All are robust medium-size moths in various shades of brown. The North American species have a long conical frontal projection ending in a small bifid tip. Females have unique heavily chitonized ovipositor lobes, curved under and with heavily chitonized prominent plates (lodices) beside the opening of the bursa.
The larvae are stem borers in large emergent wetland plants in the genera Typha, Scirpus, and Phragmites.
Two species occur in Canada and both have been collected in Alberta.
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