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Species Oecophora bractella - Hodges#1069.1

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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 Oecophoridae (Concealer Moths)
Subfamily Oecophorinae
Tribe Oecophorini
Genus Oecophora
Species bractella (Oecophora bractella - Hodges#1069.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oecophora bractella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Phalaena (Tinea) bractella Linnaeus, 1758
Phylogenetic sequence # 030725
Explanation of Names
bracte - Latin for a thin metal plate (1)
1 Nearctic sp. (introduced)
Wingspan 12-16 mm
Introduced to Washington-British Columbia.
The first North America specimen collected with a blacklight trap in Seattle, Washington on June 30, 1998. (2)
Found throughout Europe, but is rare to uncommon. (2)
May-Aug (2)
Larvae are associated with fungi in rotting wood. (2)
Life Cycle
Adults active in early morning sunshine.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.First report of Oecophora bractella (L.) (Oecophoridae) in North America
Merrill A. Peterson, Eric H. Lagasa, Steven Passoa, Gaden S. Robinson, David Holden. 2007. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 61(3): 165–171.