Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phaecasiophora ? niveiguttana
Grote, 1873 (1)
Sericoris niveiguttana, Olethreutes niveiguttana
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from the Latin niveus
meaning "snow-white spot" for the "white discal spot." (1)
Wingspan 14-17 mm. About 8 mm long.
Head: Head and palpi bright brownish-yellow.
Thorax: Mixed reddish-brown with white speckles, more so at tip.
Wings: Dark reddish-brown with black scales and white lace-like patterns, much like Olethreutes. Distinctive white spot about 2/3 length of wing, in center. Small dark patch at anal angle. Hindwings gray.
Legs: Dark, hind foot has white scales. Hind shin (tibia) not enlarged like P. confixana.
Eastern US; southern Ontario within the Carolinian zone.
July to August in the north, May to August in the south.
Holotype as Phaecasiophora niveiguttana female by Grote, 1873. Type Locality: Pennsylvania.
In the United States National Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. Photo – excellent.
Note: Type label says Sericoris niveicastaner Grote, in Fernald’s Collection.
Grote, A.R., 1873. Contributions to a knowledge of North American moths. Bulletin of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.
United States Entomological Commission, 5th Report, 1890 by Packard, pg. 651 & 668
Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 1902, #52 by Dyar, pg. 454.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68 by Forbes, pg. 459.
Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 1926, #132: Revision by Heinrich, pp. 127-128.