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Species Idioglossa miraculosa - Hodges#1072

Hodges#1072 - Idioglossa miraculosa hammock on Chasmanthium latifolium - Idioglossa miraculosa Moth reared from Chasmanthium latifolium - Idioglossa miraculosa Idioglossa miraculosa unknown insect - Idioglossa miraculosa St. Andrews leaf damage on Dichanthelium SA1864 2020 1.1 - Idioglossa miraculosa St. Andrews leaf damage on Dichanthelium SA1864 2020 3 - Idioglossa miraculosa St. Andrews leaf damage on Dichanthelium SA1864 2020 7 - Idioglossa miraculosa
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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 Unknown-idae (Family undetermined)
Genus Idioglossa
Species miraculosa (Idioglossa miraculosa - Hodges#1072)
Hodges Number
1072
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Idioglossa miraculosa (Frey, 1878)
Phylogenetic sequence #030850
Explanation of Names
The genus name means "unique tongue," refering to the adult moth's long maxillary tufts
Identification
Adult: Yellow with metallic fasciae on the hind wings only (our only microlep species to feature this), and its very distinctive resting posture, in which the wings are held partially spread at a characteristic angle.
Range
Moth Photographers Group – distribution & flight-period chart
Food
larva is a leaf skeletonizer of deer-tongue grass, Dichanthelium clandestinum, a plant found in low-lying deciduous forest
Life Cycle
There are two or three complete generations, with non-wintering larvae present from May through late August. The largest numbers of individuals occur in August
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults
BOLD Systems - images of pinned DNA supported specimens
Illustrated Guide to Microlepidoptera - detailed description and life cycle