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Photo#116176
Pompostolella charipepla

Pompostolella charipepla
St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
June 2, 2007
Size: 4mm

Moved
Moved from Tineoidea.

Thanks to James Hayden @ FSCA and Don Davis for ID!

Moved
Moved from Casebearer Moths per comments by Terry Harrison.

Florida moth
I do not recognize this moth and would like to know what it is. As to its family affiliation, although the color combo and forewing pattern are reminiscent of those of Mompha eloisella, this moth cannot be a momphid (nor anything else gelechioid), because of the insistently "shaggy" head vestiture. It is something more primitive than Gelechioidea, and I suspect that it will be found in Tineidae. It evidently is a subtropical moth, as an image of a very fresh individual of what appears to be this same species is posted on MPG by Mark de Silva, in his series of images of moths from St. Vincent and the Grenadines (image MdS069, top row, right-hand moth on the "Micromoths" plate at http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/Files/Live/MdS/MdS01.htm).

Because this moth would appear to be a Florida/far-southern specialty in the USA, a person who probably can ID it is John Heppner, and I suggest that you run it by him. If it is identified, please post the verdict here, as I would like to learn what this moth is; thanks.

 
Photo Sent to John Heppner Today....
... along with Mark de Silva's from the Grenadine. If necessary, I can search the collection at McGuire in a few weeks.

Moved
Moved from Frass.
The editor that moved these images is obviously unaware that they are the only images of this unidentified species on the guide.

Mompha?
Mompha?

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