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Species Chionodes xanthophilella - Hodges#2125

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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Chionodes
No Taxon (formosella group)
No Taxon (sistrella complex)
Species xanthophilella (Chionodes xanthophilella - Hodges#2125)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chionodes xanthophilella (Barnes & Busck, 1920)
Gelechia xanthophilella Barnes & Busck, 1920 (1)
Forewing length: 4.5-9.5 mm. (2), Wingspan: 11-14 mm (1).
"Forewing mostly ochreous yellow, the dark pattern reduced to the costal and basal half and a weak transverse fascia beyond the end of the cell" (2).
"Ranges from the Mojave Desert in California to southern Nevada, Arizona, and western Texas" (2).
Desert (2).
Records from January to October in California, March to July elsewhere (3).
Unknown (2).
See Also
Chionodes oecus and Chionodes repertor are both similar but the margin of the dark streak on basal half of forewing is fairly straight, whereas in xanthophilella the bottom end of the dark streak is bent toward the costal margin. (4)
Chionodes pinguicula is also similar, however the dark fascia along the costa on the basal half of forewing is typically uniformly dark in pinguicula. (4)
Print References
Barnes & Busck, 1920. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America 4 (3): 228-229. (1)
Works Cited
1.Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America
Barnes, W., & Busck, A. . 1920. The Review Press, Decatur, Ill. 4(3): 211-248.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 7.6. Gelechioidea, Gelechiidae, Gelechiinae (part: Chionodes)
Ronald W. Hodges. 1999. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems