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Species Dichomeris costarufoella - Hodges#2293

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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 Dichomeridinae
Genus Dichomeris
Species costarufoella (Dichomeris costarufoella - Hodges#2293)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dichomeris costarufoella (Chambers, 1874)
Tricholaphe costarufoella (Chambers, 1874) (1)
Gelechia costarufoella Chambers, 1874
Phylogenetic sequence # 070600
Dichomeris includes more than 74 species in America north of Mexico. (2)
Wingspan about 12 mm.
Adult: forewing dark gray to black with yellowish-brown basal patch that extends about halfway along costa as a tapering streak; median area with several small pale spots and a larger irregular-shaped spot in postmedial area; subterminal line blackish, diffuse, inconspicuous; small pale spot at costa just inside ST line; some specimens have light grayish-brown ground color, rather than dark gray; hindwing whitish or pale gray with broad fringe along inner margin.
Scattered records throughout eastern North America. (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8)
Heppner (2003) listed the range as Illinois to Florida, and Manitoba to Texas. (9)
Adults are most common from April to October. (3)
Heppner (2003) reported adults in March, July, and October for Florida. (9)
Heppner (2003) reported the larval host plant as Rudbeckia sp. (Compositae).(9)
See Also
Dichomeris copa forewing lacks blackish subterminal line and lacks small pale spot at costa just inside ST line.
Print References
Busck, A. 1903. A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species. Proceedings of The United States National Museum, 25: 909. (1)
Hodges, R.W., 1986. The Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 7.1, p. 114; pl. 3.18, 4.12-13. (10)