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Species Acrolophus popeanella - Clemens' Grass Tubeworm Moth - Hodges#0373

Tubeworm Moth - Acrolophus popeanella 373 Clemens' Grass Tubeworm - Acrolophus popeanella Unknown Moth - Acrolophus popeanella Moth? - Acrolophus popeanella What moth? - Acrolophus popeanella Clemens' Grass Tubeworm Moth 2 - Acrolophus popeanella - male Clemens' Grass Tubeworm moth - Acrolophus popeanella Acrolophus popeanella - male - female
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Tineidae (Clothes Moths)
Subfamily Acrolophinae (Burrowing Webworm Moths)
Genus Acrolophus (Tubeworm Moths)
Species popeanella (Clemens' Grass Tubeworm Moth - Hodges#0373)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acrolophus popeanella (Clemens, 1859)
* phylogenetic sequence #011050
described in 1859 by Clemens, who originally placed it in genus Anaphora
Wingspan 24-33 mm (1)
There has been a lot of confusion between Acrolophus popeanella and A. arcanella through the years but thanks to help from Peter Jump, some of that confusion can be cleared up. The palps of male A. popeanella will reach back to or near to the abdomen. The palps of male A. arcanella are much shorter and will generally point straight up. The scales on the thorax of A. arcanella are much longer, giving it a very furry appearance. A. arcanella is also a stockier looking moth and when fresh, the forewings will have scattered large white scales. This is something you will never see on A. popeanella.

Forewing yellowish to reddish brown/purplish, usually heavily marked with darker colors. Though pattern is variable, note large median spot near inner margin of forewing (1):

Male on left with palps reaching back to the thorax. Female on right with short palps pointing forward.
Eastern United States: New Jersey and Ohio south to Florida, west to Illinois, Nebraska, Texas.
adults fly from May to September
Larvae feed on roots of Red Clover (Trifolium pratense).
Peter Jump says that this species contains an undescribed cryptic species that is found along the eastern coast and can't be determine by the genitalia. Females of the cryptic species seem to be unknown.
Print References
Covell, p. 452, plate 62 # 3 (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - species account with collection map and photos of pinned adults.
Maryland Moths live adult images and dates (Larry Line, Maryland)
presence in Ohio; list of 7 specimens, plus foodplant and flight season (Ohio State U.)
presence in Illinois; list (Illinois State Museum)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.