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Genus Blastobasis

acorn moth - Blastobasis glandulella 982 Pre-Tortricid Micro - Blastobasis (=Valentina) sp. - Blastobasis Acorn Moth - Blastobasis glandulella    - Blastobasis taurusella 1162  Acorn Moth  - Blastobasis glandulella moth - Blastobasis Acorn Moth - Blastobasis glandulella Scavenger Moth - Blastobasis
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Blastobasidae (Scavenger Moths)
Subfamily Blastobasinae (Scavenger Moths)
Tribe Blastobasini
Genus Blastobasis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
According to Jean-Francois Landry, the generic name Valentinia Walsingham, 1907 is a junior synonym of Blastobasis Zeller, 1855. (pers. comm. RM)
11 species in North America listed at All-Leps. Fourteen species according to Nearctica.
Some are known to feed on scale insects, coccids.
Internet References
5 pinned adult images of B. glandulella, plus collection site map (All-Leps)
classification reference showing placement in Blastobasidae by Nye and Fletcher, 1991, and placement in Coleophoridae by Hodges in Kristensen, 1999 (Butterflies and Moths of the World)