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Genus Semioscopis

spotted brown moth - Semioscopis megamicrella Mottled black-marked moth - Semioscopis aurorella Semioscopis merriccella Another White & Black Moth - Semioscopis moth sp. - Semioscopis merriccella Unknown Moth - Semioscopis Semioscopis megamicrella Semioscopis packardella
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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 Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Semioscopis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Semioscopis spp. are in the Family: Oecophoridae in Hodges' Check List. More recent classification (Ottawa) places the genus in the Family: Elachistidae, SF: Depressariinae. I (TT) am leavig them here, in Oecophoridae, for convenience.
Brian Pitkin et al have rejected the placement of Semioscopis in the family Elachistidae by Hodges, in Kristensen (1999), due to the "radically different and contentious nature" of Hodges' classification of Gelechioidea, and follow Nye and Fletcher (1991) in placing Semioscopis in Oecophoridae (see Internet References section below)
6 species in North America (
wingspan 18-28 mm
forewings held together, usually partly overlapping, over abdomen in moths at rest; color ranges from whitish to varying shades of brown or gray, with dark streaks and/or curving lines
Much of United States (except the Southeast) and southern Canada but distribution seems patchy and not well known.
Also represented throughout Eurasia.
Adults fly in spring.
Larvae feed on leaves of various trees and shrubs.
Internet References
pinned adult images by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
list of Palearctic and Nearctic species plus food plants, links to other sites, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
classification in family Oecophoridae, subfamily Depressariinae (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies and Moths of the World)