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Species Agonopterix thelmae - Thelma's Agonopterix - Hodges#884

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Agonopterix
Species thelmae (Thelma's Agonopterix - Hodges#884)
Hodges Number
884
Size
wingspan about 21 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing yellowish-brown with extensive dark speckling; blackish smudge near middle of wing, bordered by reddish-orange smudge below (closer to inner margin); two black spots usually present in location of AM line; diffuse gray shade line (sometimes faint) runs diagonally from middle of wing toward inner margin, then bends sharply and runs diagonally toward apex; hindwing uniformaly brownish-gray
Range
New England to South Carolina, west to Kentucky and Illinois, north to Michigan and southern Ontario
Season
adults fly from July to October in Kentucky; August and September in southern Ontario
Remarks
described in 1941 by Clarke from holotype (male) collected in Maryland
See Also
Four-dotted Agonopterix (Agonopterix robiniella) forewing is more orangish, has X-shaped gray shade line in basal half, a single black dot in area of AM line, and less noticeable dark speckling
Internet References
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image by David Smith (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
adult images and date (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in South Carolina; county map (John Snyder, Furman U., South Carolina)
presence in Illinois; list (Illinois State Museum)
presence in Kentucky; county map plus flight season and individual records (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
presence in Michigan; PDF doc list (Mogens Nielsen, U. of Michigan)
type specimen locality; PDF doc (John Brown et al, Zootaxa, mapress.com)