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Genus Polyhymno

Moth ID Request - Polyhymno luteostrigella Moth unknown - Polyhymno luteostrigella 2210  - Polyhymno acaciella Twirler Moth  - Hodges #2211 - Polyhymno luteostrigella small moth unknown - Polyhymno luteostrigella Small striped moth in open agriculture field - Polyhymno luteostrigella Moth for ID - Polyhymno luteostrigella Polyhymno luteostrigella
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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 Thiotrichinae
Genus Polyhymno
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly in tribe Gelechiini (1)
Explanation of Names
Polyhymno: in Greek mythology, one of the nymphs of Mount Nysa who reared Dionysus
2 species in North America listed at All-Leps
wingspan about 11 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
P. luteostrigella adult: forewing white with two yellowish-brown longitudinal lines that converge near apex; distal half of wing has several short diagonal streaks along costa and inner margin; terminal line composed of three black dots; hindwing brownish-gray with very long fringe along inner and outer margins; head and thorax white with 2-4 dark longitudinal lines on top.
P. luteostrigella: Texas to Florida, north to Connecticut and Kentucky
P. acaciella: type specimen collected in Texas; a single record from San Diego, California has no additional information
adults fly in July and August, based on two BugGuide records from Oklahoma and Kentucky
See Also
Platytes Moth (Platytes vobisne) forewing has zigzag lines and solid terminal line, and no lines on top of thorax or head
Internet References
pinned adult image by Jim Vargo, plus photos of related species by SangMi Lee (Moth Photographers Group)
distribution of P. luteostrigella list of boundary states (Dalton State College, Georgia)
presence in Texas of both species; list (James Gillaspy, U. of Texas)
presence in Florida; list of 1 species [P. luteostrigella] (John Heppner, Florida State Collection of Arthropods)
presence in California; list of 1 species [P. acaciella] (U. of California at Berkeley)
Works Cited
1.Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico
Lee S., Hodges R.W., Brown R.L. 2009. Zootaxa 2231: 1–39.