Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
(Haworth, 1828) - no longer considered a junior for O. quadripuncta
as the two species are clearly distinct both in genital morphology and DNA barcodes (1)
Oegoconia quadripuncta (Haworth, 1828)
Recurvaria quadripuncta Haworth, 1828
Anacampsis bifasciella Stephens, 1835
Lampros kindermanniella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
Busck, 1915 (84
*placed by some authors in family Blastobasidae or Gelechiidae or Symmocidae.
Wingspan 11-17 mm.
Forewing length 5.5-7 mm. (2)
Adult - forewing dark gray or blackish with a pale yellowish band crossing the wing about halfway along the costa, and a spot of the same color near the apex; a continuous band of pale yellow across the base of the forewings gives the moth a yellow-collared or yellow-necked appearance; wings held together over abdomen when moth is at rest.
Scattered records from coast to coast in North America. (3)
Introduced into the eastern United States over a century ago and described by Busck as Symmoca novimundi.
Lawns and gardens around homes; adults are nocturnal and come to light.
Adults fly from May to August (peak numbers in July).
Larvae feed on detritus in leaf litter. Has been reared on oak leaf litter. (2)
Oegoconia quadripuncta (Haworth, 1828) is a valid species which is restricted to Europe.
Landry, J-F., Nazari, V., Dewaard, J.R., Mutanen, M., Lopez-Vaamonde, C., Huemer, P., & P.D.N. Hebert, 2013. Shared but overlooked: 30 species of Holarctic Microlepidoptera revealed by DNA barcodes and morphology. Zootaxa
3749 (1): 001–093. (1)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. p. 60; pl. 4, fig. 20. (2)