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Species Homaledra octagonella - Octagonal Casemaker Moth - Hodges#1398

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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 Pterolonchidae
Genus Homaledra
Species octagonella (Octagonal Casemaker Moth - Hodges#1398)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homaledra octagonella (Walsingham, 1882)
Coleophora octagonella Walsingham, 1882 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence #421688
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet means "eight-sided" for the larval case described as "spiniform, and octagonal, tapering to a blunt point." (1)
Wingspan 11 mm. (1)
Adult and larval case - see original description in Print References. (1)
Records from east Texas to Florida, north to Tennessee and North Carolina. (2)
Larva feeds on lichens which grow on oak trees.
Dr. Jean-François Landry wrote this in response to a request for confirmation that these are Coleophora octagonella: "...although the species name is correct, it is misplaced in the genus Coleophora, or in that family. Actually the species belong to the family Batrachedrinae but this is still unpublished information resulting from my research. The case is constructed rather differently from those of Coleophora species and the larva feeds on lichens which grow on oak trees (Coleophorids don’t). If you ever find more of these, I’d love to have them alive and try to rear them out."
Print References
Eiseman, C. & N. Charney. Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates. Stackpole Books. pp. 167-168 (photo of case). (3)
Walsingham, T. de Grey., 1882. North American Coleophorae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1882: 431. (1)
Works Cited
1.XVI. North American Coleophorae.
Lord Walsingham. 1882. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1882: 429-442.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group
3.Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates
Charley Eiseman & Noah Charney. 2010. Stackpole Books.