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Species Phormoestes palmettovora - Hodges#2626.1

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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 Millieriinae
Genus Phormoestes
Species palmettovora (Phormoestes palmettovora - Hodges#2626.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phormoestes palmettovora Heppner, 1982 (1)
Explanation of Names
Phormoestes is Greek for "basket dweller," referring to the pupal case (1).
Very distinctive. See Heppner (1982) (1) for full description.
Florida (1).
March to May (1)
Life Cycle
For a detailed account of life history, biology, and descriptions of the larva and pupa, see Heppner (1982) (1).
Recent genetic work suggests that this species belongs to its own family and is not closely related to Choreutidae at all (2) (3) (4) (5).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Millieriinae: A New Subfamily of Choreutidae, with New Taxa from Chile and the United States (Lepidoptera: Sesioidea)
Heppner, John B. 1982. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 370: 1-27.
2.Elusive ditrysian phylogeny: an account of combining systematized morphology with molecular data (Lepidoptera)
Heikkilä, M., Mutanen, M., Wahlberg, N., Sihvonen, P. & Kaila, L. 2015. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 260.
3.Data partitioning in Bayesian analysis: Molecular phylogenetics of metalmark moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae)
Rota, J. 2011. Systematic Entomology, 36: 317–29.
4.Note on taxonomic history, thoraco-abdominal articulation, and current placement of Millieriidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera)
Rota J. & Kristensen N.P. 2011. Zootaxa, 3032: 65-68.
5.Comprehensive gene and taxon coverage elucidates radiation patterns in moths and butterflies
Mutanen M., Wahlberg N., & Kaila L. 2010. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 277(1695): 2839–48.
6.North American Moth Photographers Group
7.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems