Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Micro Lep 6.6.16

Micro Lep 6.6.16
Waddell, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
June 6, 2016

Moved from Twirler Moths.


Please put the image date in the date field. It doesn't show up in our maps if it is only in the title.


Moved from ID Request.

I am sure you already know this but this moth is a Gelchiidae, probably a Chionodes. We seldom receive a species ID on these - a difficult Genus and few photographs of those described somewhere. I notice you are in research. If Terry Harrison does not see this one among the ID requests, you might contact him. I could not find anything with those V marks in the median area.

Thank you very much
Actually I did not know it was a Gelechiid even though I worked with several several members of this family (pink bollworm, tomato pinworm, etc) for many years developing mating disruption systems. Recently retired, I am now surveying the arthropods in a nearby regional park. I'm their volunteer entomologist. I always enjoyed taxonomy however I am far from being an expert.

I appreciate your help with several of my submissions and will take your advice on this specimen.

Muchas gracias, Jack

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.