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Species Tebenna gemmalis - Hodges#2644

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Choreutoidea (Metalmark Moths)
Family Choreutidae (Metalmark Moths)
Subfamily Choreutinae
Genus Tebenna
Species gemmalis (Tebenna gemmalis - Hodges#2644)
Hodges Number
2644
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tebenna gemmalis (Hulst, 1886)
Chalcoela gemmalis Hulst, 1886
Identification
Adult: forewing dark yellow or orange in basal third, divided in two by dark longitudinal lines; remainder of wing dark gray, covered with whitish spots that give a dappled appearance; three black patches aligned longitudinally in distal half of wing, interspersed by two bands of cream-colored scales; hindwing brownish-gray with dark terminal line and long bicolored fringe
Range
California to British Columbia
Season
adults fly from April to July in California
Food
Arrowleaf Balsamroot 9Balsamorhiza saggitata in Asteraceae). (1)
See Also
Everlasting Tebenna Moth (T. gnaphaliella) forewing is darker in distal two-thirds, and patches arranged in a triangle, not aligned longitudinally (see pinned adult images at All-Leps)
Rosinweed Moth (T. silphiella) forewing has several white scale patches, a white subterminal line, and brown terminal area
T. onustana occurs in the east, and its forewing has two white transverse bands
Internet References
2 pinned adult images and collection site map showing presence in Washington (All-Leps)
presence in California; list of 7 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.