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Genus Schreckensteinia

Moth Schreckensteinia spp - Schreckensteinia erythriella Small moth - Schreckensteinia festaliella Bristle-legged Moth - Schreckensteinia erythriella Netting cocoon - Schreckensteinia festaliella Tiny moth - Schreckensteinia festaliella Moth - Schreckensteinia erythriella Schreckensteinia ID request - Schreckensteinia erythriella Schreckensteinia erythriella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Schreckensteinioidea (Bristle-legged Moths)
Family Schreckensteiniidae (Bristle-legged Moths)
Genus Schreckensteinia
Numbers
3 species in North America
Size
wingspan 10-12 mm
Identification
Adult: forewing slender with pointed triangular tip; whorls of spines on hindleg tibia and tarsus; hindlegs held elevated above body when at rest; hindwing lanceolate, pointed, with very long fringe
Range
S. erythriella: Records on BugGuide ME-MN to e.TX-FL
S. felicella: California and Oregon
S. festaliella: introduced from Eurasia, and now widespread from California and Alberta to at least Quebec and northeastern states
Habitat
adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from March to September in California
Food
larvae of S. erythriella feed on sumach (Rhus spp.), larvae of S. felicella feed on Coast Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis), and larvae of S. festaliella feed on raspberry (Rubus spp.)
Internet References
live adult image of S. festaliella by Maarten Jacobs, plus foodplants and flight season in Belgium (Catalogue of the Lepidoptera of Belgium)
pinned adult image of S. erythriella plus foodplants and presence of 2 species in Illinois (Steve Harrison, Illinois, microleps.org)
foodplant of S. felicella (Journal of the Lepidopterists Society, courtesy Yale U.)
presence in California of 2 species with locations and dates of 17 specimens (U. of California at Berkeley)
detailed description of family (L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz, British Insects: the families of Lepidoptera, delta-intkey.com)
classification and type species (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies and Moths of the World)