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Genus Perimede

Perimede falcata  - Perimede falcata Unknown Moth - Perimede Cosmet Moth - Hodges #1623 - Perimede erransella unknown moth - Perimede Perimede  - Perimede ricina Worn Perimede ricina? - Perimede Perimede Perimede Perhaps? - Perimede
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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 Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Chrysopeleiinae
Genus Perimede
Terry Harrison mentions here: "This definitely is a Perimede. The other moths that do headstands (e.g., lithocolletine gracillariids, some yponomeutoids) are colored differently. If it is gray with white-edged black spots and is doing a headstand, then it is a Perimede. As to which species, erransella is, in my experience, the species that is most commonly seen at light in the eastern states, so that is *most likely* the species seen here. Moths of this genus really do need to be dissected, however, for definitive ID to species."
See Also

Print References
Hodges, R. W., 1969. Nearctic Walshiidae notes and new taxa (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). 11-14 (1)
Hodges, R. W., 1962. The genus Perimede Chambers in North America North of Mexico (Lepidoptera: Walshiidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 64 (3): 145-154 (2)
Works Cited
1.Nearctic Walshiidae notes and new taxa (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea)
Hodges, R. W. 1969. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 18: 1-30.
2.The genus Perimede Chambers in North America North of Mexico (Lepidoptera: Walshiidae)
Hodges, R. W. 1962. Entomological Society of Washington.