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Species Epiblema minutana - Minute Ragweed Borer - Hodges#3172.1

Moth ID - Epiblema minutana Ragweed Borer - Epiblema minutana Ragweed Borer - Hodges#3172 (Epiblema strenuana) - Epiblema minutana Ragweed Borer Moth - Epiblema minutana Tortricid - Epiblema minutana Epiblema strenuana - Epiblema minutana Unknown Micro Moth - Epiblema minutana Epiblema minutana
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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 Epiblema
Species minutana (Minute Ragweed Borer - Hodges#3172.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epiblema minutana (Kearfott, 1905)
Eucosma minutana Kearfott, 1905 (1)
Eucosma antaxia Meyrick, 1920 (unnecessary replacement name for minutana)
Explanation of Names
Eucosma minutana (Kearfott, 1905) is raised from synonymy of Epiblema strenuana to full species status in Gilligan et al. (2020) (2)
FWL: 4.3–7.9 mm
See Gilligan et al. (2020) (2)

Additionally, based on a review of minutana and strenuana specimens in the Mississippi Entomological Museum, Richard Brown reported, "In all cases, the front of as well as dorsal surfaces of labial palpi are white in minutana, but the vertex (top) of head was brownish or pale, but not white. In contrast, the all strenuana had heads with a brownish front and most had brownish palps, with a few having pale scales on medial and dorsal surfaces." (pers. comm. 29 viii 2020) These characters are not always clearly visible in photos and may not be 100% consistent for all populations.
Type Locality: New Jersey.
See Also
Epiblema strenuana averages larger broader forewings, probably not noticeable in live images. See redescriptions for both species in Gilligan et al. (2020) (2).
Print References
Blanchard, 1979 (3)
Gilligan et al., 2020 (2)
Kearfott, 1905 (1)
Works Cited
1.Descriptions of new species of tortricid moths, from North Carolina, with notes
William Dunham Kearfott. 1905. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 28(1398): 349-364.
2.Taxonomic issues related to biological control prospects for the ragweed borer, Epiblema strenuana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Gilligan, T.M., D.J. Wright, R.L. Brown, B.A. Augustinus, U. Schaffner. 2020. Zootaxa, 4729(3): 347-358.
3.New Status for Epiblema Minutana (Kearfott) and New Species of Epiblema Hubner and Sonia Heinrich (Tortricidae)
A. Blanchard. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 33(3), 1979, 179-188.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems