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Species Ancylosis morrisonella - Hodges#5916

Moth - Ancylosis morrisonella Moth for ID  - Ancylosis morrisonella 5916  - Ancylosis morrisonella Ancylosis morrisonella possible Heterographis morrisonella  - Ancylosis morrisonella Ancylosis morrisonella Ancylosis morrisonella Ancylosis morrisonella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Ancylosis
Species morrisonella (Ancylosis morrisonella - Hodges#5916)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ancylosis morrisonella Ragonot, 1887
Heterographis morrisonella Ragonot, 1887
Heterographis coloradensis Ragonot, 1887
Mona olbiella Hulst, 1888 (1)
Heterographis ignistrigella Ragonot, 1901
Heterographis palloricostella Walter, 1928
* phylogenetic sequence #175650
Explanation of Names
Named in honor of lepidopterist H.K. Morrison.
Forewing length 5.5-10.5 mm. (2)
Wingspan 13-23 mm. (3)
Adult - extremely variable, from mostly clay white with light markings to mostly dark reddish gray. (3)
Utah through the deserts to coastal California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. (2), (4)
Deserts and coastal areas.
Pierce reared them on silver burr ragweed (Ambrosia chamissonis, =Franseria bipinnatifada). Heinrich suggests other Asteraceae and Powell & Opler report that the caterpillars feed on burried leaves.
Life Cycle
The larva lives in a silken tube in the sand. (2)
Print References
Dyar, H.G. 1905. New North American Lepidoptera and synonymical notes. Proc. Ent. Soc. Washington 7(1): 38 (Mona olbiella) (1)
Heinrich, C. 1956. American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae. USNM Bulletin 207: 194. (3)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. p.194, pl.26.10m (2)
Ragnot, E.L. 1887. Diagnoses of North American Phycitidae and Galleriidae. impr. de Grandremy et Hénon. p.20
Internet References
Works Cited
1.New North American Lepidoptera and synonymical notes
Harrison D. Dyar. 1905. Proceedings of The Entomological Society of Washington, 7: 29-39.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.American moths of the subfamily Phycitinae
Carl Heinrich. 1956. United States National Museum Bulletin 207: 1-581.
4. Survey of Lepidoptera inhabiting three dune systems in the California Desert.
J. A. Powell. 1978. U. S. Bureau of Land Management .