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Genus Pococera

Moth - Pococera ID Request - Pococera Pyralid - Pococera Maple Webworm Moth - Pococera asperatella double-humped pococera - Pococera expandens unknown moth - Pococera militella Pococera asperatella? - Pococera Unidentified moth in Alabama - Pococera robustella - male
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea (Pyralid and Crambid Snout Moths)
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Epipaschiinae
Genus Pococera
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: Zeller, 1848
Under Hodges (1983), 26 spp in Tetralopha and one in Pococera (1).
Per Nearctica, nearly all these spp. are now in Pococera.
Kimball (1965) wrote, "The determinations in this genus [Tetralopha] are very difficult and many of them unreliable." (2)
27 species in North America
wingspan 16-25 mm
forewing more-or-less triangular, usually with contrasting areas of light and dark, a jagged or wavy PM line, and a prominent (often double) AM line
hindwing uniformly dark with a pale fringe
Species identification from photographs is challenging and may not be possible for many (most?) examples. Below is a list of BOLD BIN clusters. Most contain more than one species. They are genetically very close to each other with some overlapping. A BIN cluster should roughly approximate a species. In a perfect world each BIN should contain only one species, no species should be in more than one BIN, and there should be no overlap. The info below seems to indicate that many specimens may be incorrectly identified and that we can expect some lumping and splitting at some point in the future. In any event, BOLD species pages can not be relied upon for identification. Contents (specimen data) for each BIN can be found by going to BOLD, clicking "Databases" in the upper left, and then searching by pressing the BIN Database button.

BOLD:AAH5278 euphemella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ACE4733
BOLD:ACE4733 aplastella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAH4844
BOLD:AAH4844 aplastella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ACE4733
BOLD:AAA3814 aplastella, asperatella, cf. asperatella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ACE4466
BOLD:AAI2791 griseella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ACE4466
BOLD:AAC2929 robustella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAZ1680
BOLD:AAZ1680 robustella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAZ1680
BOLD:ABY6852 expandens, asperatella, cf. asperatella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAA3814
BOLD:ACE4466 expandens, asperatella, maritimalis, subcanalis BOLD:AAA3814
BOLD:AAA4979 expandens, cf. asperatella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ACE3864
BOLD:ACE3864 expandens, asperatella, cf. asperatella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAA4979
BOLD:AAB7370 maritimalis, melanogrammos, robustella, subcanalis, asperatella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAA3814
BOLD:ABY6849 melanogrammos - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ABY6669
BOLD:ABY6851 militella, aplastella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAA3814
BOLD:AAI2793 baptisiella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:AAA3814
BOLD:ABY6669 vacciniivora, cf. asperatella - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ABY6849
BOLD:AAB7953 scortealis - nearest neighbor: BOLD:ACE4466

This list is probably incomplete. It has only BINs I could find by searching. - Steve Nanz 2/20/2016
Print References
Barnes, W. & Mcdunnough, J.H. 1914 Synonymic notes on North American Lepidoptera. Contributions to the natural history of the Lepidoptera of North America 2(5): 217-220
Dyar, H.G. 1905 North American Lepidoptera and synonymical notes. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 7: 29-33
Internet References
pinned adult images, page 1 (Moth Photographers Group)
pinned adult images, page 2 (Moth Photographers Group)
Works Cited
1.Check list of the Lepidoptera of America north of Mexico.
Hodges, et al. (editors). 1983. E. W. Classey, London. 284 pp.
2.The Lepidoptera of Florida: An Annotated Checklist.
Charles P. Kimball. 1965. Florida Dept. of Ag. Gainesville, FL. v + 363 pp.