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Genus Semioscopis

Semioscopis merriccella 1411 Semioscopis megamicrella - no common name 0915 - Semioscopis megamicrella moth - Semioscopis merriccella Semioscopis merriccella Semioscopis packardella Semioscopis merriccella Semioscopis megamicrella 0914 - Semioscopis inornata
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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 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)
Numbers
6 species in North America (nearctica.com)
Size
wingspan 18-28 mm
Identification
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
Range
Much of United States (except the Southeast) and southern Canada but distribution seems patchy and not well known.
Also represented throughout Eurasia.
Season
Adults fly in spring.
Food
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)