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Species Chionodes arenella - Hodges#2060

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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 Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Chionodes
No Taxon (lugubrella group)
No Taxon (tragicella complex)
Species arenella (Chionodes arenella - Hodges#2060)
Hodges Number
20mm expanse
From Forbes's description: "Clay color…. Fore wing with darker grayish shading between the veins, leaving the veins contrastingly pale."
Coastal, NB to VA
Larvae are borers in the rhizomes of Ammophila brevilugulata.
See Also
Chionodes figurella is a Western species.
Chionodes whitmanella occurs in the PNW and Canadian plains provinces; see species page for list of several other similar species in the West.
Print References
Forbes, W. T. M. 1922. New species description of Gelechia [Chionodes] arenella. Entomol. News 33: 99-104.
Hodges, R.W., 1999. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 7.6. The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, p. 194; pl. 4, figs. 52, 53. (1)