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Species Depressaria alienella - Hodges#926

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Depressariinae
Genus Depressaria
Species alienella (Depressaria alienella - Hodges#926)
Hodges Number
926
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1904 by Busck
Numbers
one of 24 species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan about 18 mm, based on photo by Jim Vargo at MPG
Identification
Adult: forewing dark brownish-gray with faint pale discal spot; indistinct blackish marks along outer half of costa, at base, and along main (cubital) vein of wing; hingwing pale gray with light brownish shading in outer half; top of head and thorax pale gray, contrasting sharply against dark forewing color
Range
Yukon to Nova Scotia, south to New England, Arizona, and California
Habitat
boreal forest; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Season
adults fly from July to September
Food
larvae feed on flowers of yarrow (Achillea spp.) and sagebrush or wormwood (Artemisia spp.)
Remarks
The geographic locality of the type specimen is uncertain; it was collected either in Rogue River, Oregon or in Kaslo, British Columbia (see page 12 of PDF doc).
See Also
related species do not show sharp contrast between dark forewing and pale top of head and thorax (compare images of several species by Jim Vargo at MPG)
Internet References
pinned adult image and photos of related species by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult image and collection site map showing presence in Quebec (All-Leps)
distribution; PDF doc plus habitat and larval foodplants (J.D. Lafontaine and D.M. Wood, Butterflies and Moths of the Yukon)
presence in California; list of 3 specimen records with dates and locations (U. of California at Berkeley)
type specimen locality; PDF doc (John Brown et al, Zootaxa, mapress.com)