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Genus Aristotelia

1733.1  - Aristotelia corallina Aristotelia sp. - Aristotelia Micro Moth - Aristotelia hexacopa Aristotelia lespedezae, 1744 - Aristotelia lespedezae moth - Aristotelia Aristotelia roseosuffusella Aristotelia devexella Gelechiidae, lateral - Aristotelia
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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 Anomologinae
Genus Aristotelia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aristotelia Hübner, 1825 (1)
Formerly in tribe Gelechiini. (2)
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet presumably for the Greek philosopher.
There are 39 named species of Aristotelia in America north of Mexico (2).
Adult - distinctive, nearly all have similar, ornate forewing pattern consisting of brown to redish or black ground with a series of parallel pale, often silvery streaks obliquely from the costa and opposite spots along the dorsal margin. The posterior half is reddish, pink, lavender, or yellow(3)
Represented throughout United States and southern Canada.
Well known species are food plant specialists, and diverse hosts are used - Salicaceae, Solanaceae, Rosaceae, Fagaceae, Fabaceae, Asteraceae.(3)
Aristotelia is also a genus of plants in the Elaeocarpus family (Elaeocarpaceae).
Print References
Hübner, J., 1825. Verzeichniss bekannter Schmettlinge, p.424.
Internet References
pinned adult images of 28 species by SangMi Lee (Moth Photographers Group)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the American moths of the family Gelechiidae, with descriptions of new species
August Busck. 1903. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 25: 767-938.
2.Checklist of Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera) in America North of Mexico
Lee S., Hodges R.W., Brown R.L. 2009. Zootaxa 2231: 1–39.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.