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Species Eucosma ochrocephala - Pale-headed Eucosma - Hodges#2927

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Classification
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 Eucosma
Species ochrocephala (Pale-headed Eucosma - Hodges#2927)
Hodges Number
2927
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eucosma ochrocephala (Walsingham, 1895) (1) (2)
Semasia ochrocephala Walsingham, 1895 (3)
Phaneta ochrocephala (Walsingham, 1895)
Phylogenetic sequence #620838
Explanation of Names
ochrocephala: from the Greek "ochros" (pale or pale yellow) + "kephale" (head); probably refers to the color of the adult's head, and is the origin of the suggested common name Pale-headed Phaneta.
Size
Wingspan about 15-18 mm. (4), (3)
Identification
Adult - forewing light brownish-yellow with diffuse brown oval ring forming a large indistinct patch in median area; short brown diagonal streaks along costa, especially noticeable near apex; two dark longitudinal dashes usually visible in subterminal area; hindwing gray with pale fringe; head pale yellow to whitish, noticeably paler than forewing color.
Range
Records from Manitoba and Oklahoma, east to Maine and Maryland. (4)
Type locality: Loveland, Colorado (W.G. Smith).
Season
Adults fly from July to September.
Food
Larvae feed on seeds of cocklebur (Xanthium spp.). (5)
See Also
Related species have a darker head and/or lack the forewing patch.
Print References
Gilligan, T.M., Wright, D.J., Munz, J., Yakobson, K. & M.P. Simmons, 2014. Molecular phylogeny and revised classification of Eucosma (Hübner) and related genera (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini). Systematic Entomology 39(1): 53. (2)
Walsingham, Lord. 1895. New Species of North American Tortricidae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1895: 513. (3)
Works Cited
1.Revised world catalogue of Eucopina, Eucosma, Pelochrista, and Phaneta (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini)
Todd M. Gilligan, Donald J. Wright. 2013. Zootaxa 3746(2): 301–337.
2.Molecular phylogeny and revised classification of Eucosma (Hübner) and related genera (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Eucosmini)
Todd M. Gilligan, Donald J. Wright, Jacob Munz, Kendra Yakobson, Mark P. Simmons. 2014. Systematic Entomology, 39(1): 49–67.
3.XXI. New Species of North American Tortricidae.
Lord Walsingham. 1895. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. 1895: 495-518.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.HOSTS - The Hostplants and Caterpillars Database