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Undescribed Species - female

Undescribed Species - Female
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
October 1, 2014
Size: TL≈5mm
Voucher #1021717
for Terry Harrison

Moved from Autostichidae.

Moved from Twirler Moths.

Moved from Gelechioidea.

Moved from Moths.

Terry Harrison's Comments
"I initially thought that this might be one of the small oecophorids, but the hind wing very pronouncedly has the characteristic gelechiid shape; I sent images of the genital morphology, and a link to the BugGuide image of the moth that I dissected, to SangMi Lee, who immediately replied that she needs to see a male of it (so do I!). This is something interesting, because the female genitalia don’t look gelechiid, but the hind wing does (on basis of the latter, your images can be put into Gelechiidae on BugGuide, at least until we know more). If you could collect more of these in 2015, in the hope that we might get a male, I would be extremely grateful."

Thanks to Robert and Royal for generously providing specimens, as a result of which I was able to dissect and photograph male and female genitalia of this moth. I sent the photos to Sangmi Lee, JF Landry, Vazrick Nazari, David Adamski, and Richard Brown. The consensus is that this moth is an undescribed species of Autostichidae.

keeping an eye on this
saw one also, 10-7-15

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