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Species Argyresthia pygmaeella - Hodges#2474

Shiny Head-Standing Moth - Argyresthia pygmaeella Shiny Head-Standing Moth - Argyresthia pygmaeella Shiny Head-Standing Moth - Argyresthia pygmaeella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Argyresthiidae (Shiny Head-Standing Moths)
Genus Argyresthia
Species pygmaeella (Argyresthia pygmaeella - Hodges#2474)
Hodges Number
2474
Size
11-14mm wingspan
Habitat
Widespread in western Canada north to YT and NT and east to ON. In the US, recorded in MI and WA.
Season
On wing May to August
Food
Larvae are solitary leafminers of willows, Salix spp.
Remarks
Argyresthia pygmaeella is a poorly studied species. North American specimens may refer to 2447 Argyresthia chalcochrysa Meyrick, 1913. DNA barcode separates Nearctic specimens of pygmaeella, BIN BOLD:AAA6669, from Eurasian, BIN BOLD:ADD9964, by nearly 2%. One of the specimens in AAA6669 is identified as chalcochrysa.
See Also
Argyresthia chalcochrysa