Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Homaledra octagonella (Walsingham, 1882)
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)
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 Actually the species belong to the family Batrachedrinae but this is still unpublished information resulting from my research.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."
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