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Species Tachystola hemisema - cf. Tachystola hemisema - Hodges#1069.5

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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 Oecophoridae (Concealer Moths)
Subfamily Oecophorinae
Tribe Oecophorini
Genus Tachystola
Species hemisema (cf. Tachystola hemisema - Hodges#1069.5)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tachystola hemisema (Meyrick, 1885)
Ocystola hemisema Meyrick, 1885
Explanation of Names
Addition of this species is tentative. See Remarks below.
A single adventive species in our area. It was first collected by Norm Bloomfield and tentatively identified by Jean-François Landry (CNC) in 2013.
Wingspan: 11-16 mm (1)
See original description in print references below.
Native to Australia, but has been introduced into southern California (Jean-François Landry, CNC).
BugGuide and BOLD records from May-June and September-October (2).
Eucalyptus, which has been introduced from Australia (Jean-François Landry, CNC)
Life Cycle
"Its larvae construct small, flattened, elliptical cases of silk between joined dead leaves of Eucalyptus, usually adhering to fallen branches" (Jean-François Landry, CNC; adapted from Common, 1997)
The identities of the BOLD specimens are not verified including the one from CA identified by J.-F. Landry. There are several neighboring BINs with similar specimens. We do not know which, if any, of these BINs represent T. hemisema. According to Landry, a T. hemisema identification is reasonable but should be considered tentative. Once the identity of the Australian specimens are verified, Landry will publish his findings.
Landry is looking for additional samples, particularly females, which can be sent to him directly. I have his address for those interested. - Steve Nanz
Print References
Common, I.F.B. 1997. Oecophorine genera of Australia. II. The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae), Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera. — CSIRO Publishing, Australia, 5: 1–407.
Meyrick, 1885. Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI & XII. Oecophoridae - (Continued). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 9(3)(4): 1063 (1).
Internet References
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens (2)
SocalFauna - image of specimen recorded in California
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera
Meyrick, Edward. 1885. Proceedings of The Linnean Society of New South Wales 9:1045-1082 .
2.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems