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Species Epiblema sosana - Hodges#3180

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Eucosmini
Genus Epiblema
Species sosana (Epiblema sosana - Hodges#3180)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epiblema sosana (Kearfott, 1907)
Eucosma sosana Kearfott, 1907 (1)
Eucosma pelina Meyrick, 1912 (2)
Phylogenetic sequence #621075
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is part of a series of Kearfott names originating from various alphabetical rhyming schemes with no meaning, often derided by subsequent authors as "nonsense names." See Brown (2001) for a humorous take on this "barbarous" practice. (3), (2)
Wingspan 15-20 mm. (1), (4)
Widespread in the Great Basin, Utah to eastern California, with a pale, almost white, form with pale grey markings in the sand dunes of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. (5)
Types: Stockton, UT (Spalding(5), May 23d-Aug 2d).
Goeden & Ricker (1975) reared them on flatspine bur ragweed (Ambrosia acanthicarpa), and "probable Epiblema sosana" on silver bur ragweed (Ambrosia chamissonis) and weakleaf bur ragweed (Ambrosia confertiflora) in southern California. (5), (6)
See Also
Can be superficially distinguished from pale form of Epiblema strenuana by having more white scaling distal to the basal patch and the dorsal patch in sosana sometimes extends to the costa. (5)
Print References
Goeden, R.D. & D.W. Ricker. 1975. The Phytophagous Insect Fauna of the Ragweed, Ambrosia confertiflora, in Southern California. Environmental Entomology 4(2): 301–306
Kearfott, W.D. 1907. New North American Tortricidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 32 (1)
Works Cited
1.New North American Tortricidae.
William Dunham Kearfott. 1907. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 1-97.
2.On some impossible specific names in micro-lepidoptera.
Edward Meyrick. 1912. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 48: 32-36.
3.Presidential address, 2000: Nomenclatural nonsense - flying in the face of a farcical code.
John W. Brown. 2001. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 55(1): 1-7.
4.Revision of the North American moths of the subfamily Eucosminae of the family Olethreutidae
Carl Heinrich. 1923. United States National Museum Bulletin 123: 1-298.
5.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
6.New host records for Olethreutinae (Tortricidae)
Richard L. Brown, J. F. Gates Clarke, Dale H. Habeck. 1983. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 37(3): 224-227.