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Species Epinotia nonana - Hodges#3335

A Tortricid sp. - Epinotia nonana A Tortricid sp. - Epinotia nonana unknown moth sept 20 - Epinotia nonana grey moth - Epinotia nonana Moth E - Epinotia nonana Epinotia nonana Tortricidae: Epinotia cinereana - Epinotia nonana Epinotia nonana  - Epinotia nonana
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tortricoidea (Tortricid Moths)
Family Tortricidae (Tortricid Moths)
Subfamily Olethreutinae
Tribe Eucosmini
Genus Epinotia
Species nonana (Epinotia nonana - Hodges#3335)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epinotia nonana (Kearfott, 1907)
Eucosma nonana Kearfott, 1907
Eucosma carphologa Meyrick, 1912 (1)
Phylogentic sequence #621243
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet is part of a series of Kearfott names originating from various alphabetical rhyming schemes with no meaning, often derided by subsequent authors as "nonsense names." See Brown (2001) for a humorous take on this "barbarous" practice. (2), (1)
Wingspan about 19-24 mm. (3), (4)
Adult - forewing variably pale to medium gray with dark gray to blackish markings; short dark streaks of varying width along length of costa; dark irregular blotch near inner margin in AM area, and smaller blotches in subapical and median areas; no dark blotch at anal angle (as in Catastega aceriella; see below); hindwing grayish-brown.

Northeastern United States plus Quebec, Ontario, and a disjunct population in California.
Type locality: Pueblo, CO (H.W. Nash).
Adults fly from July to September in the northeast; June and July in California.
See Also
Maple Trumpet Skeletonizer (Catastega (=Epinotia) aceriella) forewing is very similar but has dark blotch near anal angle, not in subapical area (see photos of aceriella by Richard Brown in PDF doc below, by Jim Vargo in MPG link below, and by Todd Gilligan here: 1, 2)
Print References
Brown, R.L. 1986. Resurrection of Catastega (Clemens) and revision of the Epinotia vertumnana (Zeller) species-group (Tortricidae: Olethreutinae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 40(4): 327-346 (PDF)
Kearfott, W.D. 1907. New North America Tortricidae. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 30 (4)
Works Cited
1.On some impossible specific names in micro-lepidoptera.
Edward Meyrick. 1912. The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 48: 32-36.
2.Presidential address, 2000: Nomenclatural nonsense - flying in the face of a farcical code.
John W. Brown. 2001. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 55(1): 1-7.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group
4.New North American Tortricidae.
William Dunham Kearfott. 1907. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 33(1): 1-97.