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Species Schreckensteinia festaliella - Blackberry Skeletonizer - Hodges#2509

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Schreckensteinioidea (Bristle-legged Moths)
Family Schreckensteiniidae (Bristle-legged Moths)
Genus Schreckensteinia
Species festaliella (Blackberry Skeletonizer - Hodges#2509)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1819 by Hubner who originally placed it in genus Tinea, this is the type species of genus Schreckensteinia
one of 3 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan 10-12 mm
Adult: forewing slender with pointed triangular tip, light to medium brown with dark brown or blackish longitudinal stripes; whorls of spines on hindleg tibia and tarsus; hindlegs held elevated above body when at rest; hindwing lanceolate, pointed, with very long fringe
introduced from Eurasia, and now widespread from California and Alberta to at least Quebec and northeastern states
adults are nocturnal and come to light
adults fly from March to September in California
larvae feed on raspberry/blackberry (Rubus spp.)
Life Cycle
probably two or more generations per year in California
See Also
Schreckensteinia erythriella forewing lacks dark longitudinal stripes (see pinned adult image at bottom of page by Terry Harrison, Illinois)
see genus page for info on other Schreckensteinia species
Internet References
live adult image by Maarten Jacobs, plus foodplants and flight season in Belgium (Catalogue of the Lepidoptera of Belgium)
9 pinned adult images plus collection site map showing presence in Quebec and Kentucky (All-Leps)
live adult image and common name reference (
live adult image by Mark Lawlor, plus species account (Ian Kimber, UK Moths)
presence in Kentucky; county distribution map (Jeffrey Marcus, Western Kentucky U.)
presence in California; list of 14 specimens with locations and dates (U. of California at Berkeley)
world distribution map plus common name reference, links to images, foodplants, type locality, synonyms, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
classification and type species (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies and Moths of the World)