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Cosmopterix pulchrimella - Cosmopterix

Cosmopterix pulchrimella - Cosmopterix
Chicago Botanic Garden, Cook County, Illinois, USA
May 30, 2016
Size: 5 mm long
Moth genitalia.

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Disection
I have attempting to do dissections of micro moths. I had added two images of male and female genitalia of this specimen.

Jim

 
Thanks!
If you have time, could you either reposition it or dissect another male specimen so that the left and right brachia are more visible? If you could get the genitalia to look something along the lines of the example on page 277 here it would be fantastic. By the way, the broad, slightly hooked valves make me suspect this is damnosa, but I'd like to see the branchia to be certain. The female genitalia looks good for damnosa, but I'm by no means an expert. You should send these to Terry Harrison for confirmation.

 
Cosmopterix
Hi:

I only have two specimens left from last year and I think they are both females. I will try to obtain more larvae in March and rear them to adults in May. Then I will do some more dissections. Since the images you saw are from a slide mount, I can't arrange them differently to show brachia better. I did send these images to Terry Harrison for comment.

Jim

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