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Species Ethmia albistrigella - Hodges#0973

White-lined concealer moth - Ethmia albistrigella
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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 Ethmiinae
Genus Ethmia
Species albistrigella (Ethmia albistrigella - Hodges#0973)
Hodges Number
0973
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psecadia albistrigella Walsingham 1880
Explanation of Names
The species epithet "albistrigella" means 'having a little (or thin?) white brisle', in reference to the thin white band on each forewing:
albus (lat.) = white;
strigos (gr.) = stiff bristle;
-ella = a diminution suffix of strigos.

-- Marius Virgiliu Aurelian on 253259
Size
forewing length 7.2 - 9.4 mm (1)
Identification
Adults - black with longitudinal white streak, abdomen yellow
Range
southern British Columbia southward in the Rocky Mountains to southwestern Colorado and into the Wasatch Range in northern Utah; on the Pacific coast through western Washington and Oregon into the mountains of California. (1)
Habitat
mountains
Season
late April to early August (1)
Food
PhaceHa ramosissima (Hydrophyllaceae), in Tuolumne and Nevada counties, California; in Montana, Braun (1921a) listed Lappula floribunda (Boraginaceae) as a possible host. Two adults were reared from Sambucus stick "trap nests" (Parker and Bohart, 1966) by Parker in January 1966. The 18-inch sticks were placed in the ground at Craters-of-the-Moon National Monument, Idaho, in December 1964, by D. S. Horning, who suggests (in litt.) that Phacelia heterophylla or P. leucophylla may be a host there (1)
Remarks
widespread in the mountains of Western North America
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A systematic monograph of New World ethmiid moths (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea).
Jerry A. Powell. 1973. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 120: 1-312.