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Species Brenthia pavonacella - Peacock Brenthia - Hodges#2627

moth - Brenthia pavonacella Metalmark moth - Brenthia pavonacella Brenthia parvonacella, spent pupal case - Brenthia pavonacella We're thinking this is Brenthia pavonacella - Brenthia pavonacella 13Jun2017.BF.HN.lep1 - Brenthia pavonacella 13Jun2017.BF.HN.lep1 - Brenthia pavonacella unknown moth - Brenthia pavonacella Brenthia pavonacella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Choreutoidea (Metalmark Moths)
Family Choreutidae (Metalmark Moths)
Subfamily Choreutinae
Genus Brenthia
Species pavonacella (Peacock Brenthia - Hodges#2627)
Hodges Number
2627
Explanation of Names
Species name pavoncella appears to mean "little peacock", from Latin Pavon, the genus of the bird (see Bob Patterson's comments here).
Size
wingspan 9 mm (Moths of Maryland)
Food
Desmodium glutinosum
Life Cycle
Life cycle images:
1.leaf damage 2.larva 3.pupae in woven cocoons 4.pupa 5.adult
Internet References
National Geographic article: Moths Elude Spiders by Mimicking Them
BugLifeCycles PDF by MJ Hatfield of life cycle info, stages, and leaf damage