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Species Rifseria fuscotaeniaella - Hodges#1918

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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 Gelechiinae
Tribe Gelechiini
Genus Rifseria
Species fuscotaeniaella (Rifseria fuscotaeniaella - Hodges#1918)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rifseria fuscotaeniaella (Chambers, 1878)
Gelechia fuscotaeniaella Chambers, 1878
* phylogenetic sequence #055450
Explanation of Names
From Latin fuscus- "dark, dusky" + taenia- "ribbon" (itself from Greek tainia ταινια) + the Latin diminutive suffix -ella
Forewing length 4.5-7 mm (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Wingspan 10.5-16 mm (Hodges, 1966).
Adult: forewing white with broad brown basal band in some individuals; three dark patches along costa, increasing in size from first to third patch; top of head and anterior thorax white; top of posterior thorax brown; markings are variable, with gradations between nearly all white and dark specimens known.
Manitoba and British Columbia to eastern Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and coastal California (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
Adults fly from March to November in the south; June to September in the north.
Larvae are leaf miners and feed in terminals of pearly everlasting (Anaphalis) and cudweed (Gnaphalium) (Powell & Opler, 2009).(1)
See Also
Related species and genera have different color and pattern on forewing (compare specimens by SangMi Lee at MPG).
Print References
Chambers, V. T. 1878. Descriptions of new Tineina from Texas, and others from more northern localities. Bull. U.S. Geol. Geog. Surv. Territ. 4: 89
Hodges, R. W. 1966. Revision of Nearctic Gelechiidae, I. The lita group (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidae). Proc. USNM 119(3547): 62
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.8.6m, p.91
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - species page
presence in California; list of 12 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
presence in Wisconsin; list with dates and location [search on genus "Rifseria"] (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.