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Species Ornativalva erubescens - Hodges#1928.1

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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Anomologinae
Genus Ornativalva
Species erubescens (Ornativalva erubescens - Hodges#1928.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ornativalva erubescens (Walsingham, 1904)
Gelechia erubescens Walsingham, 1904
Phylogenetic sequence #420681.50
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet from Latin meaning "reddening, blushing," for the forewings suffused with "bright rosy red."
Forewing length 5.6 to 6.2 mm (1).
Forewing pattern distinct in our area.
United States records from Arizona, Nevada, and Texas (1). Additional BugGuide records from California.
Native from eastern North Africa east to Pakistan.
Along rivers, reservoirs, and riparian areas where the suspected host plant can be found (1).
Records from March through October (1).
Host plant unknown, however suspected to be salt cedar (Tamarix spp.) (1).
Can be extremely abundant at times. A single bucket trap in Willcox, Arizona yielded an estimated 10,000+ specimens of this species (Kyhl Austin).
Print References
Lee, S., I. Watkinson, & J. Vargo, 2017. Ornativalva erubescens (Walsingham) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) Introduced in North America. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 71(3): 141–145 (1).
Sattler, K, 1976. A taxonomic revision of the genus Ornativalva Gozmány, 1955 (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), 34(2): 108.
Walsingham, Lord, 1904. Algerian Microlepidoptera. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 40: 265.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Ornativalva erubescens (Walsingham) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) Introduced in North America
Sangmi Lee, Ian Watkinson and James Vargo. 2017. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. 71(3): 141–145.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group