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Twirler Moth - Chionodes abitus

Twirler Moth - Chionodes abitus
In Westwood by outdoor night light; elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
July 2, 2012
Size: Forewing length 9mm
ID for this specimen was provided by BOLD Systems via DNA; a species match was not made. The nearest taxonomic genus is Chionodes at a 94.65% match.

See here for this specimen's DNA Record Page at BOLD Systems.
See here for this specimens Public Data Portal - BIN Page.


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Moved from Chionodes.

This is fairly identical to the specimen in the MONA fascicle and it barcodes close to formosella. Hodges placed Chionodes abitus in the "formosella group." He also says it's the only Chionodes that would look like this. There are no barcoded specimens of Chionodes abitus. If you have the specimen, you might want to have it dissected to get confirmation and then BOLD can change the ID.

Thank you Steve for this species update!
I do not have this specimen any more, as I gave all my moth specimens to BOLD Systems. I am sure you are correct on the Chionodes abitus identification. The bin page for this specimen does lists one additional specimen match! (I updated the BOLD links for this specimen to the '' url. I have many such moths here on BugGuide that need similar url updates!)

2061.2 – Chionodes abitus?
Can you provide the barcode for this? It probably won't help but I'm curious. This matches images at BOLD and CalPhotos of Chionodes abitus. The images at BOLD were not barcoded. Size and flight are good.

2061.2 – Chionodes abitus?
Hmmm... maybe so! I checked the images at BOLD and CalPhotos and they sure seem to be a good visual match. The range map at MPG does place this species in the same local (northeastern CA) as this specimen.
See here for this specimen's Record Page at BOLD Systems, including DNA Sequence and Barcode.

Thank you for your interest and help for this specimen!

Well, the closest neighbors look pretty different. I think Chionodes abitus may not be a bad guess. I'll see if I can get another opinion.

Thank you ...
... for your comments on this moth specimen. This specimen is currently stored at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, along with several hundred others sent to them. Hopefully someday they will examine the moth for a species ID!

You are welcome. I have lots of specimens there too. Frustrating isn't it.

Moved from Twirler Moths.

The modifications of the 8th segment as seen in your photo of the spread moth certainly agree with Chionodes (although male individuals of some other gelechiid genera have somewhat similar developments). If you can get this moth dissected, and it is a Chionodes, then it might well be determinable to species via consultation with the genitalia illustrations in the MONA fascicle.

Moved from Gelechiini.

Hello Jim, I hope you don't mind this move. I noticed this placement when I was looking for some other moth. It is a really nice series and looks similar to me to another one I just moved from the back of the Moth pages. I am moving to Family, Genus, or Species and have been told to avoid the tribes, so I hope your moth will get more exposure here. I am marking it to move to Chinodes after a year or so. This is the moth I was speaking about.

Chionodes discoocellella
The moth in this photo (#803298) is Chionodes discoocellella. I don't believe it is quite the same thing as Jim's moth, though related.

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