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Species Agonopterix lythrella - Hodges#0857

Grass Miner Moth - Agonopterix lythrella Grass Miner Moth - Agonopterix lythrella moth - Agonopterix lythrella Brown moth at night - Agonopterix lythrella Brown moth at night - Agonopterix lythrella moth - Agonopterix lythrella Agonopterix lythrella Red Agonopterix - Agonopterix lythrella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Agonopterix
Species lythrella (Agonopterix lythrella - Hodges#0857)
Hodges Number
0857
Identification
Confusion with Agonopterix walsinghamella on BugGuide has occurred for several years. The two species have several notable differences though:
-Agonopterix walsinghamella has mostly gray scaling with some red and black scales on the top of the thorax and head, while Agonopterix lythrella has mostly light brown scaling there with a lateral dark streak down the thorax visible in fresh specimens
-Agonopterix walsinghamella has two black spots (often very faint) in the forewing cell, while Agonopterix lythrella has the two spots combined into a bold stripe
-Agonopterix walsinghamella has has relatively elongate forewings, while Agonopterix lythrella has relatively shorter/stubbier wings
Food
Loosestrife and Saint John's Wort (1)
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie. 2012. Houghton Mifflin.