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Genus Argyresthia

small moth - Argyresthia oreasella Tiny moth - Argyresthia Moth - Argyresthia alternatella Cherry Shoot Borer - Argyresthia oreasella Bronze Alder Moth - Argyresthia goedartella  Argyresthia thuiella ? - Argyresthia - female Argyresthia goedartella ? - Argyresthia goedartella Argyresthia alternatella - Hodges#2435 - Argyresthia alternatella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Argyresthiidae (Shiny Head-Standing Moths)
Genus Argyresthia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Argyresthia Hübner, [1825]
Argyrosetia Stephens, 1829
Oligos Treitschke, 1830
Ederesa Curtis, 1833
Ismene Stephens, 1834
Blastotere Ratzeburg, 1840
Paraargyresthia Moriuti, 1969
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Argyresthia is Greek meaning "silver dress." (1)
Tiny moths with variable markings; wings held tightly against body when at rest, giving a slender profile; antennae usually held laterally at right-angles to head.
Throughout North America and Eurasia.
Forested areas, orchards, parks.
Larvae mine the leaves of various coniferous and deciduous trees.
See Also
comparison images showing differences between A. oreasella and some other Argyresthia species (
Print References
Busck, A. 1907. Revision of the American moths of the genus Argyresthia. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 32: 5-24, pl.4-5 (2)
Freeman, T.N. 1972. The coniferous feeding species of Argyresthia in Canada (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae). The Canadian Entomologist 104(5): 687-697 (abstract)
Hübner, J. [1825]. Verzeichniss bekannter Schmettlinge. 422
Walsingham, T. de Grey. 1890. Notes on the genus Argyresthia Hb., with descriptions of new species. Insect Life 3(3): 117-120
Internet References
live adult photo of A. goedartella plus other info (Ian Kimber, UK Moths)
links to several species in Alberta with photos, flight season charts, and Alberta distribution maps (U. of Alberta)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Revision of the American moths of the genus Argyresthia.
August Busck. 1907. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 32: 5-24, pl.4-5.