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Species Acrolophus mortipennella - Hodges#0366

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Acrolophinae (Burrowing Webworm Moths)
Genus Acrolophus (Tubeworm Moths)
Species mortipennella (Acrolophus mortipennella - Hodges#0366)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acrolophus mortipennella (Grote(1), 1872)
Anaphora mortipennella Grote, 1872
wingspan 23-30mm, based on MPG photos
Males have exceptionally long palps and a very “dainty” thorax (barely thicker than the head), which means the palps appear to be held well *above* the thorax, not right up against them:

Females have a distinctive “triangular” look from the side, due to the thin thorax, thin head, and tapering palps:

The female’s palps are shorter than those of plumifrontella, but longer than those of female popeanella/propinqua/texanella.
Also usually has a contrastingly dark costa near the base of the forewings.
Common in the Midwest and Southeast, but rare to absent in the Northeast.