Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Brymblia quadrimaculella (Chambers, 1875)
Oecophora 4 maculella Chambers, 1875
Walsingham, 1888 (148
* phylogenetic sequence #030350
Borkhausenia quadrimaculella, Borkhausenia dimidiella. Epicallima quadrimaculella, Epicallima dimidiella, Schiffermuelleria quadrimaculella, Schiffermuelleria dimidiella
Explanation of Names
Specific name quadrimaculella
is Latin meaning "four-spotted." (1)
7 to 8 mm long. Wingspan about 13-17 mm.
Head: Yellowish-white, long haired (scaled). Palpi long, folded; dark brown, tip white.
Antenna: About ½ length of wing. Brown with white rings. Segment 1 white.
Thorax: Dark brown.
Wings: Dark brown with 4 whitish to yellowish spots - 2 costal, 2 on inner margin. Inner margin has one at base and on at anal angle. Costal margin has 1 slanted inward at mid-wing, the other one under the anal angle spot. Fringe mixed brown and white. Hindwings and fringe grayish-brown.
Legs: All segments dark brown with white tips. Long spurs.
Abdomen: Dark brown.
Similar Species: The raspberry Bud Moth [I]Lampronia corticella]/I] has smaller spots, wing tip area black with yellowish flecks. Legs white.
Scattered records across Canada and the northern United States, California to Arizona and Colorado. (2)
June and July in north, longer season in south.
Larvae feed on fungi and molds that collect in cracks of bark.
Holotype as Oecophora 4-maculella (quadrimaculella) by Chambers, 1875. Locality: Spanish Bar, Clear Creek, Colorado.
Holotype as Oecophora dimidiella female by Walsingham, 1888. Locality: Sonoma County, California; collected by Osten-Sacken in 1871. According to Clarke, 1942:248, the type is in British Museum of Natural History, London, England.
Similar Species: The raspberry Bud Moth Lampronia corticella has smaller spots, wing tip area black with yellowish flecks. Legs white.
Chambers, V.T. 1875. Teneina of Colorado. Cincinnati Quarterly Journal of Science 2(4): 292
Hodges, R.W. 1974. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 6.2, p.117; pl.6.14-15 (3)
The Cincinnati Quarterly Journal of Science, 1875, Vol. 2, #4: Tineina of Colorado by Chambers, pg. 292.
Insect Life, 1888, Vol. 1, pg. 148 by Walsingham.
Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 1909, Vol. 35 #1644: Revision of Oecophorid Moths by Busck, pp. 201 to 202.
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, 1923, Memoir #68, pp. 247 to 248 by Forbes.
Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 1942, Vol. 90: Revision of the Oecophoridae by Clarke.